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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Shwedagon Pagoda receives 2 million foreign visitors within five years

Yangon January 12

The elegant Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon’s most famous landmark, received more than 2 million international visitors within the past five years, according to a member of the pagoda’s board of trustees.

In 2015 alone, over 500,000 foreigners visited the country’s beautifully magnificent pagoda. The number is raised compared with the past four years.

The rising amount of foreigners who believe in the practice of Buddha and converted to Buddhism is one of the reasons why the pagoda received the record number of foreigners.

Those visitors frequently take meditation at the pagoda, member of the pagoda’s board of trustees said.

Thanks to the regional development, investors and market finders also visited the country to create more business links.

Thai tourists have been on the top list of tourists visiting Myanmar this year. Chinese, German and Japanese and American also visited the pagoda.

Entrance fees K8,000 (US$8) per person is collected at the pagoda for foreign visitors.

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