Tourists’ visits to Shwedagon pagoda decline in January

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A toursit takes a photo with his smart phone at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Photo: Phoe Khwar

The number of tourists visiting Shwedagon pagoda has declined in January 2018, compared with the same period last year, according to a report in City News yesterday.
However, the pagoda trustees have earned more as entrance fees from the tourists. According to figures released by officials, some 70,322 tourists visited the Shwedagon pagoda in January. The pagoda board of trustees collected some Ks703.220 million and US$260 from tourists as entrance fees and received $17,265 in total.
Official statistics show that some 15,770 tourists from Thailand, 7,529 from China, 5,830 from South Korea, 40 from Czech Republic , 45 from Sri Lanka and 62 from Indonesia visited the pagoda. The pagoda hosted some 70,322 tourists in January 2018, down from 78,054 tourists last year. In January 2017, the pagoda trustees collected Ks624.432 million and $360 from tourists as entrance fees and received $9,763 in total.
The entrance fees for the Shwedagon pagoda increased to Ks10,000 on 1 December 2017 from Ks8,000.

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