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3 of the Most Beautiful Pagodas in Yangon, Myanmar

3 of the Most Beautiful Pagodas in Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is home to the three most beautiful pagodas in all of Southeast Asia. The Shwedagon Pagoda, the Mahamuni Pagoda and the Sule Pagoda are architectural marvels that welcome thousands of visitors from all over the world each year. Each place of worship has its own unique history that visitors can read about at the various information booths located throughout the premises, but for those who want to save time and have extra cash to spend on souvenirs, here’s what you need to know about each one’s history and other interesting facts.

Shwedagon Pagoda

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One of the most famous pagodas in the entire world, Shwedagon is most renowned for having a gold plating. Its recognisable golden stupa dominates the skyline of Yangon, and its mystique is increased by the notion that within its walls reside the remains of the four previous Buddhas. Nearby you will find two smaller but no less impressive temples; Sulamani Temple which houses a 60-metre long reclining Buddha image, and the Nipahwinna Temple which features some of the finest Buddhist paintings in all of Myanmar.

Botataung Pagoda

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This famous pagoda, which lies in the centre of Yangon, has a fascinating history. Although the current building has only been in existence for a little more than a century, it is thought to have been constructed at about the same time as Shwedagon Pagoda. After being damaged in World War II, it was reconstructed, but today the interior is hollow. Many people use its sloping grounds and surrounding trees as an escape from the city’s hectic streets. Sule Pagoda: Located just across Kandawgyi Lake, this impressive pagoda complex includes a bell tower and many shrines dedicated to different Buddhist saints. If you’re visiting on Sunday, try to make your way there before 10am when the main temple is opened and you can watch locals worshipping inside.

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Sule Pagoda

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Sule, another recognisable pagoda without which Yangon wouldn’t be the same, with an impressive golden spire. According to legend, this pagoda was constructed about 2,600 years before to Shwedagon. Sule, which lies in the heart of Yangon, is very important to the public life of the city. It’s a hub for the faithful who come here for praying or for religious ceremonies. You can also find vendors and craftsmen selling their goods around the temple – from food stalls to clothing and souvenirs – making it one of my favourite places in Yangon. The entrance fee for foreigners is USD $5 and USD $10 for locals.

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