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Shwedagon Pagoda

center of the city, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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Type: Religious Sites, Monuments/ Statues
Description: The city's biggest tourist attraction is this immense Buddhist shrine built approx. 2500 years ago.
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Torreon, Mexico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

In our visit to Yangon we visited the Pagado two times, one in noon and the other at sunset, amazing sights!! You are not allowed to enter with shoes, so do what we did: take with you a plastic bag were you can store your shoes and put them in your handbag. Also take some wet towels to wash afterwards... More

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Shwedagon Pagoda is a unique reminder of the bond between the earthly and the spiritual. Like others i assume i wanted to know how i could enter the 'Temple' . My friendly monk escort told me it was virtually solid. It was therefore a sculpture and an offering to Buddha not a place to worship. It was filled with... More

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El Cerrito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

If you visit, stay a little while here. This is a spiritual place. Old too. It was calming for me. Try sitting down and not doing anything for a few minutes or more - I guess you would say "meditate", but you don't have to be Buddhist to do this. A good feeling here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

It is true you can just about see it from any part to yangon and is very worth your while to see it if it's the only pagoda you see. You will be surprised as I was at all the different ways budda can be represented and worshiped here. I would take about 3 hours for this stop unless you... More

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Shwedagon Pagoda is a must see in Yangon of course, but it really is every bit as spectacular as the photos and more. We went late afternoon in time to walk around in daylight but also see it lit up at night. We took a tour guide, who was somewhat helpful, but I wouldn't think this is necessary.

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A city lost in time, some very beautiful buildings been neglected since the Brits left in 45. Took the central train which goes around the city to experience life outside of it. Its very third world, lots of poverty but the people seem happy enough. Visited Aung San fathers house which was interesting as was the Shwedagon Pagoda. Had afternoon... More

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Amazing with so many pagodas one after another so artfully built, mostly local visitors and just a few tourists, is one of the unspoiled and sacred corners of the world. Visiting with local friends made even more special as they could tell us the history, mystery and rituals…One funny part that connected us to today's world was the people who... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I visited the Shwedagon Pagoda in the late afternoon and stayed until it got dark. The pagoda itself is very beautiful and the sheer size of it is amazing. I had been in Myanmar for almost a month before visiting here and I had seen many pagodas, however this was definitely the best. There is a really peaceful atmosphere at... More

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California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It was built 2,500 years ago. All that comes to mind is superlatives. It is a beautiful winking wonder that blazes in the last vestiges of the sun setting over the horizon. As the sun casts its last rays the bright shimmering gold turns to a crimson gold, almost orangey and magic floats in the air. Gleaming in gold and... More

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Harpenden, Herts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Very very interesting visit with a guide to tell us all about it but do be very careful as we all skidded a bit on the very sloppy wet tiles. Make sure you find out your day of birth and find it on a sign around the walk area. I am a Thursday mouse.

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