Botataung Pagoda Description:
Botataung Pagoda is one of the Buddhist shrines in Yangon believed to contain a Buddha relic.
Local legends say the King of Burma accepted eight strands of Buddha’s hair from a 1,000 man honor guard on the northern bank of the Yangon River 2,000 years ago. In memory of the auspicious event, he ruler had the Botataung Pagoda constructed on the approximate sight of the ceremony.
During World War II an Allied bomb shattered the shrine, and leveled the surrounding compound. The day Burma gained independence from British rule in 1948, reconstruction of the Botataung began. The reconstruction efforts uncovered a hollow cavity inside the golden stupa containing a prodigious amount of ancient artifacts including what is believed to be a strand of Buddha’s hair.
Rather than simply recreate the original structure, the architects left the stupa’s interior hollow. Visitors can walk through the maze-like corridor that runs through the interior of the shrine while admiring the ancient relics that were uncovered during the reconstruction.
Best Time to Visit Botataung Pagoda:
The best sightseeing weather in Yangon is during the warm and dry months between November and May. Seasonal rainfall between June and October helps keep the city cool, and the surrounding countryside is the most verdant during these wetter months.
How to get to Botataung Pagoda:
Botataung Pagoda’s standout attraction is its hollow stupa that displays a number of ancient artifacts in a maze-like corridor covered in gold leaf. We consider it a must-see for our guests.
Botataung Pagoda Highlights:
Botataung Pagoda is located on the banks of the Yangon River not far from the center of Yangon city. Guests enjoying our luxury tours of Myanmar can reach the shrine directly using our private vehicle service, or reach the area as part of a walking tour of central Yangon.
Buddhist doctrine requires people visiting sacred ground to cover their shoulders, arms, and knees in modest clothing. Areas within the structure may require visitors to remove their shoes before entering.