We walked around 30 minutes on hot blazing sun from our guesthouse to reach this place. We were looking to evade the entrance fees however the entrancee seems well guarded.
This landmark is one of the most celebrated building in Yangon, if . It’s construction started during the years of Buddha and was said to be built along with relics from Buddha himself. The Swhedagon pagoda is around 326 feet and it’s aroud 2600 years old. The top of the pagoda is decorated with a lot of diamonds and precious stones which is said to be to shining during sunset but I was too busy to notice that . Pilgrims and visitors will circle the pagoda in clockwise manner similar to Tibetan stupa. This building sure reminds me of Swayabunath in Nepal. The longer I stay in Myanmar, I more I felt the similarities between Myanmar and Nepal.
Do expect some locals to talk to you at Shwedagon. In huge contrast with India, most are friendly who wants to know more about the outside world and tour guides will just walk away in a friendly manner if you say no.