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Review of Shwemawdaw Paya

Shwemawdaw Paya
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

This pagoda is similar to what you will or have experienced at Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon. A beautiful bell shape and covered in gold. The base houses many beautifully decorated pavilions. I don't remember exactly when, but an earthquake significantly damaged the pagoda a while back and the upper portion that once housed the original umbrella collapsed to the ground where is still lies today, now a part of the pagoda grounds. When we were there it rained for a while and we saw some local Burmese children playing around on the grounds splashing in the water and sliding around on the slick ground. It was great seeing the innocence of children and the true heart that beats in Myanmar that day. Spend some time, explore the grounds, and leave a small offering of kyats. The country is really best traveled with a tour guide, as so little is published on all of these sites, getting a locals rendition of the sites really helps to put things in perspective. For all of you socially conscious people who are attempting to travel the country while giving as little to the ruling military government as possible, you are able to get independent tour companies and excellent guides that will not just give you the government line.

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Reviewed June 20, 2012

Shwemawdaw paya is recognized internationally as one of the world's sacred sites. Buddha's hair and tooth relics are enshrined here.

The rains were very strong on our way to Bago from Yangon. We hired an airconditioned van through our taxi driver whom we met at the airport. His rate was US$70 for a round trip to Bago compared to our hotel's rate of US$80 for a smaller toyota sedan. We left at 10:45 am
and reached the pagoda around 12:15 noon. The drive to Bago took approximately one and a half hours.

It was still raining very hard by the time we got to Shwemawdaw, and we were greeted by two flashes of lightning and thunder as we left the van, but by the time we reached the main pagoda grounds, the rain had stopped completely. There were very few people around, and we were able to enjoy the serenity and the calm without the usual crowds like in Shwedagon.

Entry fee is US$10 per person which includes entry to the other tourist sites in Bago. There is a camera fee of US$3 per camera

Shwemawdaw, with its tallest pagoda in Asia, is like a smaller and less complex version of Shwedagon, but it is just as magnificent and awe-inspiring.

3  Thank angeladelmar
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

The Shwemawdaw pagoda IS the tallest in Burma. Yes, even taller than Shwedagon. We visited it on a Monday afternoon and was extremely delighted to have the entire pagoda to ourselves. The Shwemawdaw in many ways reminded us of the Shwedagon, but a more compact form as there are less halls surrounding it. There is a sense of tranquility as you walk around the stupa, with the melodic chimes from the bells mounted on the spire. Bago is a quake prone area and the pagoda was destroyed many times. You can still see the old broken Ngapyawbu of the pagoda damaged from the quake in 1917.

Do not let the fact that Bago is about 1.5-2 hours away from Yangon deter you from visiting Shwemawdaw. A trip to Bago is worthwhile, especially with treasures like the Shwemawdaw, the old palace of Kambozathadi, the Shwethalyaung Buddha, and the four seated Buddhas at Kyaikpun.

1  Thank FatboyRed
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

Shwemawdaw Paya is a fascinating temple complex and is also known as the Golden God Temple. It has a magnificent central Pagoda with a 114 metre spire, the tallest in Myanmar. It has had to be rebuilt many times over the centuries, mainly due to various earthquakes, but although most of it is restoration rather than original, it remains an impressive sight.
What I particularly liked about this temple complex was that they had a number of quite splendid, very beautiful other buildings around the outer edge of the complex but because they are well spaced out, one doesn't get the feeling of being hemmed in. There is also a small on site museum with an interesting collection of not only old small Buddha statues but as a variety of other artefacts. They also have a number of great trees with low but very wide spread branches and foliage, perfect when walking in the sun gets too hot and you need to take a rest on the benches around the trunks.
While we were there they had an interesting weaving festival going on in part of the complex and it was fascinating to watch the weavers at work.
Well worth a visit to this Paya.

1  Thank Arthurrvr
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Reviewed December 4, 2011

We are impressed by the beauty of this temple. The main stupa is very high and made of pure gold with sophisticated decoration on it. The other smaller stupas are around the place and all of them are made of gold. We had a wonderful morning here.

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