Popularly known as one of the wonders of the world and Myanmar’s outstanding landmark, Shwedagon Pagoda, is located on Singuttara Hill in Yangon. It was built over 2500 years ago during Buddha’s life time. Buddha gave eight strands of hair from his head to the two merchant brothers, Tapussa and Bhallica from Okkalapa which was an older name of Yangon.
The sacred hair relics of Gotama Buddha were enshrined together with the relics of the three preceding Buddhas in the small pagoda. The original height of the pagoda was 66 ft and today the height is 326 ft. The pagoda is covered with gold plates and studded with various kinds of gems from the plinth to the summit.
Shwedagon Pagoda is regarded as the best repository in Myanmar culture, architecture, sculpture, arts and crafts and all. Being Myanmar’s notable landmark and a unique museum, a visit to Yangon is not complete without a visit to the Great Shwedagon Pagoda.