Shwemawdaw Pagoda Description:
The Shwemawdaw Pagoda is one of Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist shrines. The golden stupa at the heart of the complex is said to contain hair and tooth relics from Gautama Buddha.
Shwemawdaw Pagoda’s bell shaped stupa is the tallest Buddhist icon in Myanmar at 375 feet in height. The structure’s golden hti (an umbrella like ornament that adorns the tops of many Burmese stupas) is capped by a large diamond.
The structure was originally built in the 10th century when the Mon people ruled this region of current day Myanmar. When the Mon fell out of power, rulers of later kingdoms continued to build and expand the shrine.
Best Time to Visit Shwemawdaw Pagoda:
The best weather to explore the many temple structures in Bago falls between November and May during Myanmar’s dry season. The following wet season, June to October, has high chances of rain showers in the mornings and evenings.
How to get to Shwemawdaw Pagoda:
The Shwemawdaw Pagoda is located in the town of Bago some 60 miles north of Yangon. Guests on our luxury tours of Myanmar reach the city via a private vehicle departing from Yangon in as little as two hours.
Shwemawdaw Pagoda Highlights:
Stupas in Myanmar thought to contain Buddha relics are the most scared Buddhist icons in the country. The hum of activity that surrounds shrines like Shwemawdaw Pagoda is as awe inspiring as the golden monuments themselves. We consider Shwemawdaw Pagoda a must-see while exploring the area.
When visiting Buddhist temples, shrines, or monasteries, it’s best to dress conservatively in clothing that covers your arms, shoulders, and knees in keeping with Buddhist traditions of modesty.