Myanmar Trip 2017 - Yangon - Shwedagon Pagoda

Friday, April 6, 2018 at 22:50      No comments

Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar.

According to legend, Shwedagon Pagoda was constructed more than 2,600 years ago, which would make it the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world. It is believed to contain relics of the four previous Buddhas of the present kalpa.

We joined the locals and sat by the stupa. We said our own little prayers, enjoy the slow-pace and peacefulness. We spotted monks among the sea of tourists. They strolled past us in their striking maroon robe and stopped for a photo. There, I had mine too.

Discover your Burmese zodiac sign and pay your respects by pouring water on your zodiac sign animal statue at Shwedagon Pagoda.

Burmese zodiac animal is based on the day you were born.

Monday –Tiger
Tuesday – Lion
Wednesday morning – Tusked Elephant
Wednesday afternoon – Tuskless Elephant
Thursday – Rat
Friday – Guinea Pig
Saturday – Naga
Sunday – Garuda

Do take note that there's a dress code for Shwedagon Pagoda. Men and women should wear clothing that covers the knees. Tight or revealing clothing that expose shoulders should be avoided. Avoid shirts with religious themes or offensive messages (that includes skulls).

You’ll be expected to remove your footwear, socks or stockings which will be looked after at the counter. Longyi, a traditional, sarong-style garment is available to borrow at the counter too.

Last but not least, respect their culture, religion and enjoy yourself!

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