The Shwedagon Pagoda also known as the Golden Pagoda and be the one of a great pagoda in Myanmar. The Guinness Book of World Records recorded that the Shwedagon Pagoda is the highest and the oldest pagoda in the world. The Shwedagon Pagoda enshrines strands of Buddha’s hair and other holy relics. It is located near the Singuttara Hill in Yangon.
For the design, at the stupa of The Shwedagon Pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa which is decorated with 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies, sapphires, and other gems. At the very top is a single 76-carat diamond and also contain a huge Emerald in the middle of the stupa catches the first and last rays of the sun.
The whole design of the complex takes into consideration astrology, the birth of the Buddha, planets and animal signs. The visitors will experience the symbol of Buddhism activities such as the bustling of devotees, offering flowers, worshiping, meditating and washing the Buddha statues together with the animal statues which represent for the birth date. This is to believe to make the happiness to the people
The Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site for the people of the Union of Myanmar. Foreigners are charged an 8,000 Kyats (approx. 6 USD) entrance fee. The visitor will get the Arrival Sticker to represent for the fee payment. There are stairway in each cardinal point. The four stairways climb to the Singuttara Hill and they serve as entrances to the complex. There are the elevators and escalators to entrance to the stupa area also.
You will find many amazing structures, sculptures and works of exquisite craftsmanship. It is traditionally believed that the Pagoda is 2,500 years old. Originally, it was built to twenty-seven feet high. Myanmar people all over the country, as well as monarchs in its history, have donated gold to the pagoda to maintain it. As because it was rebuilt several times, so nowadays it is current height of 326 feet high.
While much of the pagoda’s beauty derives from the complex geometry of its shape and surrounding structures, equally mesmerizing is its golden glow. The Gold seen on the stupa is made of genuine gold plates; which their weight is up to 1,100 kilograms, covering the brick structure attached by traditional rivets.
As they say… “No visit to the Union of Myanmar is complete without a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda” and we believe this is true.