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Monday, June 6, 2016

Shwedagon Pagoda welcomes nearly 10,000 foreigners everyday

Yangon June 6

Shwedagon Pagoda, the most famous pagoda in Myanmar, is visited by approximately 10,000 foreign tourists per day amidst the annually increasing number of arrivals, said an official of the pagoda board of trustees.

During the first four months of 2016, more than 200,000 tourists visited the pagoda that earned over Ks-8 million from entrance fees per day. Entrance fee to Shwedagon Pagoda is Ks-8,000 per tourist. 

The yearly increase in the arrivals to the pagoda is a result of Myanmar’s greater transparency in international relations and the global interest in Buddhism.

The pagoda board of trustees is promoting security and historical presentations alongside the increasing visitor population. Similarly, visitors are not allowed to wear blouse with wide and deep hives, short pants and skirts while visiting the pagoda.

The pagoda board of trustees is hiring decent clothes and longyi free of charge for the convenience of the visitors.

A total of 517,488 tourists visited Shwedagon Pagoda in 2015. Being an ancient religious edifice much revered by Buddhists, the pagoda is a must for many foreigners to visit when they are in Myanmar.

The largest number of foreign visitors comes in the cold season. The number declines normally in summer and rainy seasons.

The Myawady Daily

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