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Botahtaung Pagoda
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was the first sight I visited in Yangon and it created a brilliant first impression. The cost to enter is $3.50 which can be paid in dollars or local currency. There is a booth just to the side of the sight for tourist where you pay and can also leave your shoes. Botatoung Pagoda contains hairs of the Buddha, It is worth having some small change in local currency with you to make an offering. I happily wondered around on my own taking in the sight. I found it very good value for money and very beautiful.

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Reviewed April 1, 2014

A very interesting pagoda has the hair of Buddha as the main attraction. Most other pagodas have the relics buried in the pagoda, here a strand of Buddha's hair was on view, you really cannot see the hair but then it is difficult to see a single strand of your own hair if kept 30 feet away. What is interesting other than the hair relic at the Botatoung Pagoda are the walls and ceiling made from gold leading to the inner chambers.

Take a walk around the pagoda complex to see the guardian of the pagoda plus fish ponds having tortoise and fish.

Thank SunnyKochhar
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

This gilded pagoda is close to the Yangon River and is a popular spot for Buddhists to visit. One is only able to spend a few moments looking a where the relic is kept but a walk around the temple grounds is interesting although hot on bare feet.

Thank Graeme L
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

You can stroll to this pagoda following a visit to Sule pagoda, if you wish. Just head towards the ferry jetty and go left along Strand Rd, past trucks and shipping containers, and you will come to its ornate entry. Outside are cafes and shops selling religious paraphernalia and you can walk through here down to the riverbank where families stroll and others kick around balls, enjoying the fresh air and whirling bird life.

In the pagoda there are a couple of very large Buddha images and the structure has some delightful overhead wood filigree work. The pagoda also houses a Buddha hair relic however it is poorly displayed behind grimy glass in a small corner. Lots of people line up to squint at it and you will feel pressured to move on quickly if there is a crowd. In any case it was invisible to me, even with squinting.

In this part of the pagoda there is a gilded maze of sorts, with mirrors, and walls of gold painted filigree work behind glass. You won't get lost and will arrive at a very large display case housing a collection of artifacts which are undoubtedly auspicious and very old. Also valuable - there are at least four layers of security including bars, padlocks, glass and so on. It is not possible to properly view any of these artifacts due to the distance viewers must stand from the display and on account of the unclean glass and decades of dust on the encased items.

In an outbuilding there was also apparently a Buddha tooth relic, also invisible to me - but it was a pleasant building without the dust, the glass or the crowd. The outdoor terrace has a brightly painted and decorated walkway surrounding a filthy pond replete with algae and rubbish in its foul water, in which some sad tortoises are trapped. Don't go here if this sort of thing makes you ill. I felt the whole place needed freshening up with a little bit of care - a process that may have been taking place as the main stupa was covered up during my visit.

Personally, I wouldn't visit a second time but you may if you are a serious student of Buddhism. The pagoda is as old as Schwedagon - more than 2000 years.

Thank zappagirl
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

We gave this a miss as we thought there's nothing much to see. We just viewed it from the outside. It was already too late when we realized what we missed.

Don't let the cover over the stupa discourage you from entering the shrine as there's much to see inside.

Thank Two-To-Travel-2014
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