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“Not worth travelling to see”
Review of Shwemawdaw Paya

Shwemawdaw Paya
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146 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Not worth travelling to see”
Reviewed February 16, 2014

This a very dirty place, charge 300 to use an I phone camera and are quite aggressive taking the money. Awful toilet facilities. All attractions in Yangon are better than those in Bago it's not worth the journey.

Visited February 2014
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280 reviews
228 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“tallest pagoga in Myanmar”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

Padoda is 114 m high. In the past was demaged by many earthquakes. Pagoda is reconstructed and for memory is preserved, on one side of pagoda, part of oldest bricks made cylinder from 1917. Golden cover is beautiful. You have to pay for camera using, I was check in area for it.

Visited October 2013
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“Worth seeing, but overpriced”
Reviewed December 11, 2013

There are a cluster of religious attractions to be seen in Bago, but if you started your round at Shwemawdaw before 5pm, you would be asked to pay USD$10 (fee to see all of the Bago attractions). There was hardly any curation, English textual commentary or explanation, and even maintenance in the case of some of the exhibits, so the USD$10 is excessive for the zero value-add. Apart from Shewmawdaw, no one seemed to be monitoring the other exhibits. If you had looked at all the other attractions first, then ended up at Shewmawdaw last after 5pm, no one would have asked you to pay the $10 fee. You can't pay to just look at one site, and supposedly, you could look at the sites over two days (but it doesn't say so on the flimsy admission card you're given). You could easily look at all the sites well within one day.

Visited December 2013
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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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529 reviews
268 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 403 helpful votes
“Beautiful and peaceful Pagoda”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

We called in to Shwemawdaw Paya on our way back to Yangon from Golden Rock on a scorching hot day. The tiles were burning hot and we had to hop from shady spot to shady spot.
Much quieter than Shwedagon.

Visited October 2013
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Mexico City, Mexico
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91 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“I missed the point.”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

I didn't find the tiles to be hot. In fact, I think that the material they use to line the surroundings of the stupas/pagodas which are out in the sun is specifically meant not to burn your feet.

Nice, but nothing special here. Unless you wish to have your palm read, in which case there are half a dozen shops which will do it for you. Apparently, the Buddha likes future readings. If you want to avoid the $10 fee... use your brain and your feet. Take off your shoes!!

Visited November 2013
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