It is not an exaggeration to praise its grandeur and to shout its magnificence, for it is a remarkable experience to stand in front of the giant 99-meters tall stupa adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf and thousand diamonds and gems.
With four available entrance to the main terrace and consisting of arrays of smaller shrines and numerous Buddha statues, a late afternoon visit is definitely the best time, when the weather is milder and the tiled floors are cooler to walk barefooted. The entrance fee for foreigners is 8 USD and guides for detailing of the history are available at the entrance for a fee.
Even if you visit the Shwedagon Pagoda by yourself, you will never feel alone, for the atmosphere is always buzzing. It is the heart of Yangon and the center of Myanmar’s Buddhist belief, thus a good place to meet friendly locals and practice your “Mingalaba” greetings.
Allocate an ample amount of time when visiting the pagoda, regardless of how many times you circumnavigate to admire the stupa, for the best view is always witnessing the sheer beauty of the 2,500 years old ancient Shwedagon Pagoda, as the color of the sky changes from the afternoon blue to purple dusk.
Then do this.
Slowly, walk clockwise around the golden stupa.
Relax every step and feel the ambiance of celebration and solemnity at the same time.
Wait until the sky turn completely dark, then gaze as everything is illuminated.