Shwedagon Pagoda attracts over 700,000 domestic, international visitors in August

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International tourists are pictured alongside a tourist guide at Shwedagon Pagoda.

During the month of August, more than 700,000 domestic and international travellers visited the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, as recorded by the Pagoda board of trustees.
Approximately 20,000 pilgrims visit the Shwedagon Pagoda from Monday to Friday, and the number increases to 40,000 to 50,000 on public holidays, Saturdays and Sundays.
At present, trees and flowers are being planted to beautify the surroundings of the Shwedagon Pagoda. This initiative aims to provide travellers with a lush and green environment. Bodhi trees are also being planted and tree-planting festivals have been held since 2016, about 300 trees and plants, including teak, almond and mesua ferra, were grown in seven designated locations within the precinct of the Shwedagon pagoda, as reported by the Shwedagon Pagoda Board of Trustees.
According to the trustees, more than six million domestic and foreign travellers visited the Shwedagon Pagoda from January to the end of June this year. Most of the overseas travellers came from Thailand, China, Viet Nam, and Cambodia, followed by Europe and the United States, as well as from Africa. —TWA/KZW

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