Visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

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  1. Sarah Shotts says:

    I’d love to invite you to link an adventure post up! 🙂
    http://www.sarahshotts.com/blog/weeklyventure-link-up-june-2015/

  2. I really enjoyed the Shwedagon pagoda last year – I think it’s one of my favorite temples so far. I like how, despite being a religious place, it was also a place for locals to just hang out, eat or use the wifi (also, how funny is it that there’s wifi?). It’s a wonderful place to just sit and observe Burmese life – or even meditate in more quiet areas 🙂 One thing I find strange about these impressive temples though is how they’re always so..golden. I wonder where that comes from, since it doesn’t seem to be too connected with buddhist teachings, and being not materialistic etc.

    Lovely post and happy travels 🙂

    • Alana Morgan says:

      Thanks for reading, Laura – I think part of all the gold-ness is because all temple are built through donations and there people give the more merit they accrue for this life and the next. With that in mind, these impressive temples have been built by past kings, etc. and it was a way for them to show their wealth to other regions and gain merit.

  3. Elaine says:

    This is an absolute must for me when I get to Burma … thanks for getting me pumped up!

  4. norberto says:

    Hi. Usefull tips for Shwedagon pagoda. Do you know if the entrance fee is per day? May I enter and leave the place more than once? thanks ciao

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