As stupas that typically house Buddhist relics, Myanmar’s pagodas have enchanted all those who tread upon them since time immemorial.
A top thing-to-do in Yangon is to take part in the local culture, like praying at Shwedagon Pagoda, the largest and most renowned pagoda in Myanmar. As legends have it, the 2,500-year-old pagoda has enshrined Gautama Buddha’s hairs and other significant holy relics passed down over generations.
Encapsulating the beliefs and spirit of Buddhists in Myanmar, the pagoda is the most sacred pagoda among Myanmar people, and the visit to Yangon is certainly incomplete without a visit to there. Adorned with gold plates and enriched with a diamond-encrusted stupa, the pagoda glimmers under the sun and conjures a stunning scenery.
You will find the pagoda to the west of Kandawgyi Lake on Singuttara Hill. Its striking structure features gold plates on its surface and a diamond-encrusted stupa that shines under the sun. The pagoda is also home to colourful temples, stupas and religious statues built according to ancient architecture styles.
Visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda will likely allow visitors to understand the significance of Buddhism in the country. One can join the locals in their humble religious and community activities like offering donations and meditations. Buddhists often offer foods, candles and holy water to the pagoda with the mind of making good deeds to Buddha.
Buddhists also pray at the Shwedagon Pagoda to bear in mind the Buddha’s Dhamma – Buddha’s saying – and share their good deeds to all the livings in the world. It is believed that praying maintains as another kind of meditation to keep one’s mind at ease. After the praying, all the good deed that a person made in his life is shared through words – this confers him inner peace and spreads love to all the living spirit.