Botahtaung Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon)

Some 2,500 years ago, the Mon people built Botahtaung Pagoda to shelter a sacred strand of hair from the Gautama Buddha within its empty interior. After World War II, the site underwent complete reconstruction, preserving the hollow center for protection of ancient relics and artifacts, plus a golden spire rising up 40 m (123 ft). As you enter the holy site through a maze-like walkway, inspect the pagoda-shaped stone casket, which serves as a treasure vault and a chamber of relics. Inside you can find terracotta plaques, ornaments, jewels, and Buddha images made of stone, brass, gold, and silver. Several locals begging for money may hover at the entrance; you can call the pagoda's staff if things get a little awkward. Botahtaung Pagoda is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Yangon (Rangoon) Edition.
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  • It's bigger than I thought. Many locals visit the Golden Pagoda, and many Buddha and sculptures in the open air.
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  • There were a lot of locals in this temple when we went early January, with lots of stalls outside. We are not sure if it was a special occasion, or if it is always like that.  more »
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  • The Botataung pagoda is 20 minutes walking distance from Strand hotel. It is on the shore of the Yangon River. The place is clean and safe. There was a nice breeze coming from the river. The interior is golden as the walls are covered with gold leaf.
  • Beautiful pagoda next to the Yangon river. It is said to have been constructed to house Buddha's hair relic when it first arrived in Myanmar. This is also the only pagoda with a hollow interior. Hence it can be entered to appreciated the beautiful golden carvings inside.
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