At this moment, Thailand has already joined to ASEAN and one thing, that the citizens of ASEAN are interested in, is the elegant tourist attractions all around 10 member countries. Today, we will go to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the holy temple of Myanmar. I confirm this site is absolutely spectacular for you.
A large majority of the population practices Theravada Buddhism influenced from China and India so there are many temples and holy sites. If you visit the city of Yangon, you can see the large golden pagoda known as Shwedagon Pagoda in every high building in this city. Then, when you get in the pagoda area, you can see the big field with plenty of trees that make you relaxed. There are 4 entrances with 4 directions and each direction has Buddha image hall with Burmese decoration. Inside the Buddha image hall, there is the Buddha image for prayers. Surrounding the pagoda, you can also see people who are walking with the meditation and Buddha image each birthday to respect (in holy animal form) including god in unique shape. Moreover another prominent point is male villagers who wear plain clothes such as Sarong (or Sarung) and for the women, they always wear the local costume with bright colour as the unique style of the villagers.
For worship at the Shwedagon Pagoda, first, you should respect the main Buddha image in the Buddha hall at any directions by lighting the candle, incense and offering the flower and then, you respect to the Buddha according to your birthday. You can also water the Buddha image by pouring more than your age. Moreover you are able to walk surrounding the pagoda in your right side, pray with pure heart, donate your money and ring the some bells around the pagoda in order that god bless you. By the way, when you worship the pagoda, you should follow the procedure. First, every short costume is not permitted. The visitors have to take off their shoes before entering in Buddha image hall even stocking because here is very rigorous in these procedures. Before visiting, you ought to pay 5 dollars or 5,000 MMK and you have to prepare your money precisely because here does not accept Thai money. After that, you will get the sticker at your chest in colour according to day that you visit to confirm the visitor already paid. The Shwedagon Pagoda is open daily from 4am to 9pm.
The beauty of the Shwedagon Pagoda is spread from numerous people because no matter when you visit here, you can see shiny golden light of pure gold pagoda. Furthermore the visitors both Burmese
and tourists always worship here and there are a lot of goods especially souvenirs such as carved Buddha image, t-shirt. For the visitors who like to foretell the future, there are various fortunetellers to choose. So visit Shwedagon Pagoda is really great idea for this vacation.