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The Shwedagon Pagoda – Myanmar’s World-Famous Landmark

The most sacred and impressive destination for travellers, pilgrims, and residents, Shwedagon Pagoda stands witness to the history and importance of Buddhism in Myanmar (Burma). Almost 110 meters in height, covered with hundreds of gold plates – and the top of stupa coated with diamonds, the structure of the pagoda is truly amazing. The current structure is accepted by historians to originate from the 10th century AD.

The lit-up gold of the Shwedagon Pagoda can be seen across the city of Yangon at night The Shwedagon Pagoda at night (photo by Grace, one of our writers)
The lit-up gold of the Shwedagon Pagoda can be seen across the city of Yangon at night The Shwedagon Pagoda at night (photo by Grace, one of our writers)


The pagoda is located on Singuttara Hill which is west of the Royal Kandawgyi Lake. The pagoda contains important Buddhist relics including hairs of Gautama Buddha himself. There are a lot of legends about this pagoda as well as academic history, and visitors can learn more detail within the pagoda compound and photo gallery on the platform.

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