Shwedagon Pagoda in the Morning

Shwedagon Pagoda in the morning is a must-thing to do when you are in Yangon. Out of the many tourist attractions in the city, this is the only one worth getting up early before dawn. You’ve got to experience the absolute serenity of this sacred place before the crowd starts trickling in.

Shwedagon Pagoda in the Morning (Yangon, Myanmar)
Shwedagon Pagoda in the Morning (Yangon, Myanmar)

I took so many photos in here and if only I could share them all, I would. This post is the second blog post about Shwedagon. If you want to see more photos, take a peek of the first part here.

Shwedagon Pagoda in the Morning (Yangon, Myanmar)
Shwedagon Pagoda in the Morning (Yangon, Myanmar)

Shwedagon Pagoda dominates the skyline of the city of Yangon, Myanmar’s capital. When I landed at 10 in the evening, I could see the glistening golden stupa from my window seat. Man, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to see it in front of me.

Shwedagon Pagoda in the Morning (Yangon, Myanmar)
Tourist attractions in Yangon (Myanmar).

The Golden Pagoda is, perhaps, Myanmar’s most iconic tourist attraction.

Shwedagon Pagoda in the Morning (Yangon, Myanmar)
The child monks at the Golden Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Imagine Yangon without it. Would the city have the same appeal like Bagan? Nah, I don’t think so.

Golden Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar
Golden Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.

You might not notice it but the golden stupa is actually a little bit gilded.

Golden Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.
Golden Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.

The stupa stands at 99 meters and has a diamond-studded spire whose reflections blink like a bolt of soft lightning.

Golden Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.
Things to do in Yangon, Myanmar.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the pagoda is believed to have kept 8 strands of hair from Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

Things to do in Yangon, Myanmar.
Things to do in Yangon, Myanmar.

Visitors can enter in four covered steps leading to the hill where the main temple stands.

Things to do in Yangon, Myanmar.
Things to do in Yangon, Myanmar.

In each of these entrances, you will notice mythological Burmese lions whose heads are golden and their bodies are white.

Things to do in Yangon, Myanmar.
Things to do in Yangon, Myanmar.

As you tread on the stairs going up, take your time, and enjoy the climb. With all the lavish decorative ornaments from the walls to the roof, you’d feel like you’re royalty.

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The Golden pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.

Once you get into the main complex, you will be amazed at the artistry of the smaller pagodas.

Things to do in Yangon, Myanmar.
Things to do in Yangon, Myanmar.

Each temple/pagoda has a statue/s of a Buddha in various positions of meditation.

Tourist attractions in Myanmar
This is Myanmar’s most sacred and iconic Buddhist temple.

I think the best way to experience is to sit wherever you are comfortable and observe.

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Pagodas in Yangon, Myanmar.

By just sitting in the corner, you’ll be able to witness the old-age traditions and rituals the devotees do in the morning.

Shwedagon Pagoda in the Morning
Cheap Hostel Yangon Hotel Myanmar
Things to do in Yangon, Myanmar.

The sound of the bells, the smell of incense, the sprinkling of water, the reverence to the monks, and the offerings to the gods come alive in front of you.

Where to stay in Yangon

Yangon is still pretty cheap for a backpacker so I treated myself by staying in a cheap hotel with basic necessities. I stayed at Yangon Urban Hotel which is smacked right at the center of the old downtown. The room was spacious and they clean it daily. Staff members are nice and they will try to help and answer your questions. There are many restaurants and grocery shops nearby. Breakfast was nice, too. From here, Sule Pagoda is just 7 minutes walk and 28 minutes to Botataung Pagoda/Paya. They also offer an airport pick-up with a reasonable fee. You can book it via BookingTripAdvisorHostelWorld, and Expedia.

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