I never really finished writing about the last trip to Myanmar, so please allow me to continue.
After we visited Botataung Paya, we walked all the way to Shewadagon Paya.
Same as Botataung, I was mistaken as one of the local and it would have been free entrance for me if I know some basic words. Unfortunately, as soon as the girl asked me about the tickets in the local dialect, I had a big question mark in my face and he basically said “ah foreinger” and got another ticket for me to pay.
Just like any other temple or pagoda in Yangon, you are not allowed to wear shoes or socks inside. You can bring it with you or leave it at the entrance.
Shewadagon Pagoda is located at the center of Yangon and no building must be taller than it.
En route , we had a short stop at one of the cafe located at the top most of this building and had a great view of Yangon city. (Sorry I totally forgot the name of the building).
As you get nearer to the Pagoda, the surrounding changes. You can see more smaller pagodas and more prominent houses.
There are I think 4 main entrance to the Pagoda, one in east, west , south and north. Each of which is compose of a long staircase with shops along the way. This part is still free although shoes and socks are no longer allowed. So if you just want to get trinkets, you can visit here anytime.
View from the top of the stairs. Let’s start the tour shall we?
A Panoramic view inside the Pagoda grounds.
Shwedagon Paya. Unfortunately, since they were doing some renovations, the main Pagoda was covered.
A reclining Buddha. One of the many Buddha statue you can find inside.
It is a huge complex and lots of things to see.
Just be reminded that this is a holy place for the local citizen of Yangon and there are lots of people doing pilgrimage, so please be respectful and follow the rules.
It is a very beautiful Pagoda and a good place to see the religious part of Myanmar.