Over 10.5 mln pilgrims visit Shwedagon Pagoda in 2023

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Pilgrims at the Shwedagon Pagoda are observed.

According to information provided by U Bo Thin, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Shwedagon Pagoda, more than 10.5 million domestic and international travellers visited the Shwedagon Pagoda in 2023.
The majority of the 80,380 foreign travellers visited the pagoda in March, November, and December, with the highest numbers coming from Thailand, the People’s Republic of China, Laos, and Viet Nam, respectively.
U Bo Thin stated, “Normally, around 20,000 people visit the Shwedagon Pagoda daily on weekdays, and during weekends, the number surges to between 40,000 and 50,000 per day. Regarding foreign visitors, the monthly counts were 5,309 in January, 6,162 in February, 9,414 in March, 5,395 in April, 6,315 in May, 5,850 in June, 6,681 in July, 6,442 in August, 6,115 in September, 7,080 in October, 8,218 in November, and 7,399 in December, respectively”.
Due to an increasing number of pilgrims, the Shwedagon Pagoda is now open daily from 5 am to 9 pm. — ASH/ TMT

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