Six Pagodas to Visit in Yangon

Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, is a vibrant and bustling destination with a rich cultural heritage. One of the city’s most notable features is its stunning pagodas, which are an important part of the country’s Buddhist tradition. Here are three pagodas that are worth a visit during your trip to Yangon:

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon stupa gold diamonds
The Shwedagon temple shines through night and day (Yangon, Myanmar).

Located in the heart of Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda is the most well-known pagoda in the city. It’s a golden stupa that towers over the city, and you can see from miles away. The pagoda is said to contain eight hairs from the Buddha and is, therefore, a sacred site for Buddhists. Visitors can climb the many stairs to the top of the pagoda and enjoy sweeping views of the city.

Sule Pagoda

Sule Pagoda Traffic Yangon Myanmar / 6 Pagodas to Visit in Yangon
Sule Pagoda – Serenity Amidst the Traffic in Yangon (Myanmar). / 6 Pagodas to Visit in Yangon

The Sule Pagoda is located in the center of Yangon and is a significant landmark in the city. It’s an octagonal-shaped pagoda that’s over 2,000 years old and is said to contain a strand of the Buddha’s hair. Visitors can climb the pagoda’s steps and enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Botataung Pagoda

At Botataung Pagoda, You Will Find Buddha's Hair Yangon Myanmar
At Botataung Pagoda, You Will Find Buddha’s Hair (Yangon, Myanmar).

The Botataung Pagoda is located on the banks of the Yangon River and is a unique pagoda that’s worth a visit. The pagoda is hollow, and visitors can enter it and explore its interior. Inside, visitors can see a collection of Buddha images and other religious artifacts.

Maha Wizaya Pagoda

Maha Wizaya Pagoda at Night is Magically Golden (Yangon, Myanmar) 6 Pagodas to Visit in Yangon
Maha Wizaya Pagoda at Night is Magically Golden (Yangon, / Myanmar) / 6 Pagodas to Visit in Yangon

On the eastern shore of Kandawgyi Lake, the Maha Wizaya Pagoda stands beautifully on its own. It is a beautiful and ornate structure with intricate carvings and a gold-plated stupa. The pagoda was built in the 1980s and offers a serene and peaceful atmosphere that is perfect for contemplation and meditation.

Nga Htat Gyi Temple

Nga Htat Gyi Temple (Yangon, Myanmar) / Nga Htat Gyi
Nga Htat Gyi Temple (Yangon, Myanmar)

The pagoda is in the Inya Lake area of Yangon and has an impressive reclining Buddha statue. The statue, which is more than 60 feet long, is made of teak wood and covered in gold leaf. Visitors can climb up to the second floor of the pagoda to get a closer look at the statue and admire its intricate details.

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda

Buddhist temples Yangon
Buddhist temples in Yangon (Myanmar). / Chauk Htat Gyi

This pagoda is located in the Bahan township of Yangon and is home to another impressive reclining Buddha statue. This statue is even larger than the one at Nga Htat Gyi Temple, measuring over 70 feet in length. The pagoda also features a number of other Buddhist artifacts and sculptures, making it a must-see for anyone interested in the religion and culture of Myanmar.

Whether you are a devout Buddhist or simply curious about the country’s rich spiritual heritage, these six pagodas are a great way to experience the beauty and serenity of Yangon. So, if you plan a trip to Yangon, add these temples to your itinerary for a truly memorable experience.

Where to Stay in Yangon

I stayed in two places: a hotel and a hostel. Hotel G Yangon has views of the city you’ll love if you book the right room! It’s close to Sule Pagoda, a downtown market, and a train station. Backpacker Bed and Breakfast is your budget-friendly hostel near Sule Pagoda in the old district. Their rooftop is a good place to chill in the afternoon and eat breakfast.


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