The Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most famous pagodas in Myanmar, was visited by 40,789 tourists in April, according to the Pagoda Board of Trustees.
The number of tourists increased by over 8,000 when compared to the same period in 2016, when 32,683 tourists visited Shwedagon. The pagoda board of trustees collected Ks326,312,000 and US$504 from the tourists from entrance fees and received US$5,468 as donations.
Most of the visitors were from Asian countries such as Thailand, China and Japan, with most of the remainder from European countries, including Germany and France. But a few tourists from Israel, South Africa, Pakistan, Arab countries and Indonesia visited Shwedagon.
Official statistics show that the pagoda was visited by 7,749 tourists from Thailand, 2,295 from China, 1,788 from Germany, 1,626 from France and 1,453 from Japan in 2017. There were 32,683 tourists who visited the pagoda in April 2016. Among them, 8,514 tourists were from Thailand, 2,484 from South Korea, 2,368 from China, 1,864 from Germany and 1,830 from the United States.