Shwedagon of Myanmar – The Burma Masterpiece
Shwedagon Pagoda; The Religious Center of Burmese
More than thousand years of changes and development of Myanmar or some called Burma, one place has remained its magnificent structure throughout the time is The Golden Pagoda or Shwedagon Pagoda. It was built in early 18th century by King of Myanmar due to his religion believes. The relic chamber is inmost covered by layers and layers of silver, copper and gold. The top stupa has been bejeweled by more than 6,000 sapphires, rubies and other gems including diamond altogether.
Shwedagon Pagoda’surface is concealed by pure gold plates. A 76 carat diamond reflects sunlight glistening on the tip which is rarely seen by human eyes.
Its elegant artistic and long history behind magnetize travelers into this attraction. Lots of religious festivals occur annually at Shwedagon Pagoda because it is the symbol of Buddhism for the country. For example, “Tabaung” festival on the full moon day during February and March to pay respect to King Ukakalapa and two brothers who was founder of Shwedagon or “Myanmar New Year Day” in April which is similar to Thailand New Year (Songkran Festival).
The Shwedagon Pagoda is located nearby Royal Lake in Yangon, easy access by bus or car just asks the hotel concierge to help arranging the transportation. It opens from 4:00am until 10:00pm daily (except 2 special occasions on Tabaung and Wakhaung) with $5 entrance fee. Tourists should wear proper clothes. Anyone who is interested in visiting, please follow the official website here for more information.
Myanmar has just opened up to the world and let tourists access the country much easier. Even big International firms from other counties are competing to invest in the country. It is exciting and new learning for business, leisure travelers and locals to interact with one another.