Shwedagon Pagoda hosts nearly 450,000 foreigners this year

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Foreign tourists tour the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

SHWEDAGON Pagoda, the most famous pilgrimage site in Myanmar, was visited by nearly 450,000 international travellers over the past nine months of this year, according to a report of the Myawady Daily issued on Saturday.
In 2016, the Pagoda hosted over 410,000 foreign visitors, a significant increase from last year, officials said.
According to statistics provided by pagoda authorities, Thailand topped the list of origin countries for tourist arrivals to the pagoda with over 93,000, followed by China with more than 37,000. In addition, the pagoda saw an increase in the number of visitors from South Korea, Japan, the US, France and Germany.
A plan is underway to increase the entrance fee to Ks10,000 per foreigner beginning this December, according to the Pagoda Board of Trustees.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture is currently drafting plans to nominate the pagoda to be included on UNESCO’s world heritage list.
Yangon’s most famous landmark is crowded every day with a large number of devotees and merit makers. For foreign visitors, it is a great place to observe Myanmar’s culture through ancient architecture. The Shwedagon Pagoda is situated on Singuttara Hill on Shwedagon Pagoda Road in Dagon Township, downtown Yangon, just west of Kandawgyi Lake.

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