Shwedagon Pagoda hosts about 2,000 foreigners daily

The famous Shwedagon Pagoda attracts thousands of international tourists daily.  Photo: Phoe Khwar
The famous Shwedagon Pagoda attracts thousands of international tourists daily.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

SHWEDAGON Pagoda, a well-known pilgrimage site in Myanmar, hosted some 2,000 foreigners on a daily basis during the peak season, with the majority of them visiting from Thailand, according to a report of the Myawady Daily issued on Saturday.
In addition, the pagoda saw an increase in the number of visitors from China, South Korea, Japan, the US, France and Germany, he added.
Located on Singuttara Hill on Shwedagon Pagoda Road in downtown Yangon, the Shwedagon pagoda hosts, on average, about 20,000 visitors from Myanmar and abroad per day. As expected, the number of visitors increases on significant days.
Yangon’s most famous landmark is crowded every day with large numbers of devotees and merit makers who walk around the stupa and provide offerings to the Buddha statues. For foreign visitors, it is a place to enjoy observing Myanmar’s cultural standards through its ancient architecture.
Currently, pagoda authorities collect a Ks10,000 entrance fee per foreigner.—GNLM

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