Two lifts at the East Gate of Shwedagon Pagoda have been entrusted to the Pagoda’s board of trustees yesterday after the installation process was completed.
The new lifts substitute the old lifts, which were installed in 1996. The new elevators have a capacity for 20 people for each lift and were donated by the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) to ensure the safety of visitors to Shwedagon Pagoda which is 2606 years old.
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, patron of the Shwedagon Pagoda Board of Trustees U Win Naing and Mr. Sasaki from MELCO launched the occasion of the new lifts by cutting ceremonial ribbons.
Shwedagon Pagoda is a must see location for local and foreigner visitors in Myanmar there are about 80,000 visitors a day on normal days. On days of religious significance, the number of visitors to the pagoda has reached around 200,000.