Shwedagon Pagoda - Golden Icon of burma
Shwedagon Pagoda is a repository of the best in burma heritage – architecture, sculpture and arts. The Shwedagon Pagoda consists hundreds colorful temples, stupas, and statues that reflects the architectural era spanning nearly a 2,500 years. To understand this monumental work of art and architecture, you should take an insider's scenery of this magnificent symbol of Buddhism to the lives of the myanmar people. Shwedagon Pagoda forms the focus of religious as well as community activities – the busy of devotees and monks washing the statues, offering flowers, worshiping, and meditating. Shwedagon Pagoda is administered by the Board of Trustees of Shwedagon Pagoda.
In the pagoda, there are 8 planetary posts corresponding to 8 planets and 7 days in the week; Wednesday is divided into two (A.M. And P.M.). These post are marked by animals that represent the days – Tiger for Monday, Lion for Tuesday, Tusked Elephant for Wednesday morning, Tuskless Elephant for Wednesday afternoon, Rat for Thursday, Guinea Pig for Friday, N?ga or Serpent Dragon for Saturday and Galon for Sunday.
Burmese citizen believed there were 7 planets of astrology — Moon (Monday), Mars (Tuesday), Wednesday morning (Mercury), Wednesday afternoon (Rahu), Jupiter (Thursday), Venus (Friday), Saturn (Saturday) and Sun (Sunday). It is important to the Burmese to know on which day of the week they were born, as this will determine their exact planetary post among the 8 posts to hold traditional rites and pray.
Updated Note Feb 2015: Shwedagon pagoda is undergoing renovation and most parts are covered with bamboo sticks. The renovation is supposed to complete around April 2015. During this time, HIT burma is very sorry for any inconvenience caused to passengers visiting this place.
For your visiting information
2.Waxing Day of Wakhaung – the day prior full moon day of the myanmar Lunar month Wakhaung (around June which is the beginning of the Buddhist Lent).
Entrance Fee: $8.00 per person
Shwedagon pagoda has 4 entrances: East, West, South and North. All foreigners have to enter through South Gate to purchase tickets while Burmese be able to get into via the remaining gates without fee.
Dress code: wear trousers or at least knee length shorts or skirt; t-shirts with elbow length sleeves are also expected and you are expected to be barefooted when entering Shwedagon Pagoda.
Visiting tip: Morning at Shwedagon is believed as the most scared and radiant moment. Rise up early, walk to the pagoda and await for the sun puts the original light in a purer morning through golden roof; you will get the extraordinary, magical image of the pagoda that is not normally seen.