Apart from exploring the beautiful nature and culture of Myanmar, religious travel is the other thing that Thai tourists and other Buddhists should not miss. Let’s follow the paths of life, belief and ceremony of land of desert.
5 sacred places of Myanmar that Buddhists should be visiting to pay respect for good fortune
1. Shwedagon Pagoda
The Great Dagon Pagoda is shining its golden color on Singuttara Hill, Yangon, the ex-capital city of Myanmar. It collects eight strands of hair from Gautama Buddha. It is recorded in the Guinness Book that it is the world’s highest and oldest pagoda. Anyone who want to enter needs to remove their shoes before going inside and hence, the most suitable time to pay respect is in the morning and in the evening since the floor will be very hot during the afternoon.
2. Shwesandaw Pagoda, Bagan
Shwesandaw Pagoda is located at Bagan, Myanmar. Its name means golden pagoda of victory. It is very beautiful. The belief of Myanmar citizens is so strong that they donate jewels and other valuable things to the pagoda making it contains more than 5,000 accessories. It is said that the diamond on the top of the pagoda is as big as a palm.
3. Mahamuni Buddha of Mandalay
Mahamuni Buddha is considered the palladium of Myanmar, just like the Emerald Buddha of Thailand. It was built in 146 by King Sanda Thuriya who had a dream that Buddha asked him to build his image but he could not make it lively so Buddha brethed up on it and thereafter the image became the exact likeness of Mahamuni. There are 5 images that Buddha brethed up on; 2 of them are in India, 1 of them is Mahumuni and the other 2 are on heaven.
4. Kyaiktiyo Pagoda
Located at Kyaiktiyo, it is a small pagoda built on top of a large golden boulder on the cliff with the height of 5.5 meters. It looks like the pagoda could fall to the cliff at any time. When you look from the bottom, it looks like the pagoda is floating in the air, making it feels like Indra had hung it there which is really amazing.
5. Shwemawdaw Pagoda
Shwemawdaw Pagoda of Bago is located in the middle of the city. It is known for well-known for many things such as the age of 2,000 years, the tallest pagoda in Myanmar and the place tha holds hair of Buddha. It has distinctive Mon style since the top umbrella is simple and the body is narrow. The external body is painted with Django gold and the internal is built from hollow bricks which is different from Shwedagon Pagoda, the pagoda in Myanmar style.
Traveling to Myanmar
Although Myanmar is next to Thailand but the government has strict policy on preventing cars from abroad to enter. Therefore, the most comfortable way from Thailand is to take a flight to Yangon which takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.