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“Buddha teeth relics”
Review of Botahtaung Pagoda

Botahtaung Pagoda
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“Buddha teeth relics”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

I went there because of the stories. the internal layout design was very different and it looks very goldish. a lot of local people came to worship and pray goodness for their own or for their families.

Outside, there were halls for the Nan Nats, also many people queued there for praying and donation.

Many locals were just hanging there.

The serpent design on top of the walls and gates were very different than in other south-east asian countries. Must see!

Visited August 2013
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“worth a trip... but not Shwedagon”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

the main shrine has a particular shape, there's also a nice pond with fish and turtles... pity it was full of rubbish!

Visited July 2013
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“Some practical comments.”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

We arrived by taxi but noticed if you had a car, you would have no problem parking here as it is down in the docks.

3 US dollars a head in $ but you could pay in Kyats if you wanted. We got 970 Kyats to the Dollar in the airport. Down the escalators and through immigration and at the far end of the Hall you see the official bank that gives the best rate and will change USD, Singapore Dollars and Euros but not sterling! There were some other foreign exchanges alongside but the best rate is the official bank. Cannot remember the name but it is obvious which one it is.

Back to the temple review. You pay and leave your shoes and SOCKS in a tatty old reception hut but the people are friendly.

Inside the temple it is circular in route and you move through a series of triangular rooms. In each room either a monk or an civilian is praying. Quiet and reverent here so Mums do not bring really young children as you will be disturbing the monastic devotions.

The ancient relic (3 hairs of Buddha) is in a 'tabernacle' and I could not see them as people wanted to come quickly and walk on. The viewing area is highly restricted in space.

The walls are all covered in beaten gold in low relief. I think the idea is that the centre which is walled off is invisible and we are all trying to get to the mystical plane which cannot be seen with the eyes.

It was OK but nothing special. Outside there is an enclosed area about 40 metres square with a bridge into the middle. The fountains are utilitarian only. Yes there are turtles and yes you can little catfish (I think they were) and put them into the pond. However it is something like a 5 metre drop and I am unsure whether the little fish would survive. As I said the turtle were so far down you could not really relate to them. The water was filthy and there are very few places for the turtles to climb out should they wish.

The outside gold covering is really worn out and you can see the layer underneath.

If you want a simple visual treat do not bother to come but if you want to see the relic and even better walk down to the jetty afterwards and see the river Yangon then do come. It is only 250 metres, plentiful parking and rather soothing to look at an Estuary. This city is congested with traffic in the centre so the lack of traffic makes a nice change.

One more comment if you come from the city centre you pass by some classic colonial buildings well worth a photograph.

Wheelchair users miss this attraction altogether.

Have a good time in Yangon. We used a guide named Tony - tonyhlashwe@gmail.com - to arrange for one day's sightseeing as I we spent only 12 hours in this city. Get on my profile to see what we accomplished in a day by using a guide.

Did not see buggies inside. Street food outside on the way down to the docks but not much selection. Oh I do not recommend changing foreign currency in the streets as you get a good rate at the airport. No need to take that risk nowadays and I thing black market money changers are going to die out.

Have fun.

Chris & Anna.

Visited August 2013
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“Amazing Interior with Buddha relic”
Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

A bit pricey at USD3, the interior is golden everywhere you look with intricate patterns and various Buddhist donations which are very valuable. You may even encountering monks chanting within as you walk in the circle of the pagoda. The centrepiece would be the hollow chamber with the hair relic, ornately decorated with a slit to throw donations as close as possible to the Buddha's hair.

There also an intricate walkway over a terrapin pond with soon to be completed fountains leading to Nat shrines that is very picturesque.

Another noteworthy thing would be the status depicting King Anawratha coverting to Buddhism.

Visited July 2013
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“"Sacred Place to Visit a Must see Place in Myanmar"”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

From the time I entered the gate of this Place I was fascinated how the Burmese people pay respect to buddha,according to history this where you could see hair relic of buddha,from the hotel I stayed in,it's just a few minutes away,upon entering in the pagoda complex an entrance fee of 3000 kyat were collected in the gate, the staff ask me to removed my foot wear in rendering a respect for Buddha,I immediately followed what he said,there are many people inside the pagoda but upon seeing the inside part of the pagoda, I was astonished of the devotion of the Burmese people,inside there are a lot of Buddha statue, of all sizes and forms, the inside part of the pagoda is covered with Gold Plate,I observed that people are throwing money inside the well just below where the altar were located,probably for the patronage to Buddha,this is a place to visit in yangoon,for spiritual enlightenment.

Visited June 2013
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