Also known as the Golden Pagoda, the Shwedagon Pagoda is rather impressive. Here’s a little more information on the magnificent structure, to give you an insight.
The pagoda is thought to be more than 2500 years old, making it one of the oldest Pagodas in Myanmar. Historians state that the Pagoda may have been built by the Mon people between the 6th and 10th centuries AD, also making it the oldest Stupa in the entire world. Since then, however, the Pagoda has been changed and renovated several times.
The temple complex
In total, there are four different entrances to the complex. Each of the entrances is guarded by mythological lions with a white body and golden coloured head. The walls above the entrances are decorated in Burmese style depictions of the Jataka tales. There is a large platform measuring 275 metres long in the centre of the large complex, with smaller stupas surrounding it.
The main stupa
The temple’s most impressive stricture is the main stupa, which is visible from much on Yangon city. During your stay at PARKROYAL Yangon or any other hotel in Yangon, make sure you take the time to witness this 99-meter-high golden stupa that enshrines the sacred Buddha relics.
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