Shwedagon Pagoda

Located just a bit north of downtown it is the masterpiece site for visiting Myanmar. The myths and legends of the Pagoda tell that it was built 2,500 years ago. The present structure was erected in the 15th Century. Though the stupa is about 100 m height, the elegant proportion is still a model for Architects today. As one of the most famous Buddhist monuments, one can see almost all of Buddhists activity in this place. The stupa is covered with gold and valuable gems on top. The bells within the “umbrella” on top chime in the wind. The atmosphere is very nice early morning or late afternoon. You can walk around the stupa, many buildings for religious purposes are set around. The stairways leading to the stupa are all lined with small shops, selling mainly religious items used for worshipping.