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  • Mahamuni Pagoda
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January 2022

Golden Myanmar

Myanmar is home to some of the most sacred places on Earth for Buddhists. Multiple pagodas (temples) house strands of Buddha’s hair. Visit the Taungkalat shrine, home to 37 Mahagiri Nats—animist spirit entities—once so important to the country’s early kings that they would consult the Nats before commencing their reign. You’ll have to climb 777 steps to reach it and you’ll make the journey without any shoes or socks. Tradition is important to the people here in Myanmar. Evidence can be seen in the pious devotees performing deeds of religious merit outside the pagodas. You’ll want to remember to dress conservatively when visiting a temple and remove your shoes and socks before entering a sacred space. A recurring theme you’ll notice is lots of opulent “bling” and gilded spires jetting into the sky. Generally speaking, the cost of your trip will be low but tourist are heavily taxed by the government, so a hotel with extremely modest accommodations might cost you as much as $25 a night.

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This is our second vacation with TripXpert and this time it was even better. The accommodations were fantastic, there were plenty of activities to keep the children happy and in general we found the entertainment to be of a high standard.

Melissa Owens, Austin.

Shwedagon Pagoda

For Buddhists, the Shwedagon Pagoda is considered one of the most sacred places on Earth, as it is believed to house strands of the Buddha’s hair. When you visit, be sure to show reverence to the sanctity of the site by dressing conservatively. Be prepared to enter with bare feet if you’d like to go inside and say a prayer.

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Dagon, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) (Open 4 a.m.-9 p.m. daily)
Shwedagon Pagoda

Sule Pagoda

The Sule Pagoda is located at the center of Yangon at the junction of Sule Pagoda Road and Mahabandoola Road. In Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Mayanmar. Like another pagoda in Myanmar, the Sule Pagoda houses a strand of the Buddha’s hair, making it a particularly sacred place. This pagoda is octagonal at its base with a gilded spire towering above the neighboring structures.

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Myanmar
Sule Pagoda

Mahamuni Pagoda

One of the most famous Buddhist sites in Myanmar, the Mahamuni Pagoda is renowned for its shrine centerpiece, a 13-foot bronzed Mahamuni Buddha. Each morning the monks wash the Buddha’s face and even brush his teeth. Feminist visitors will have to practice forgiveness at this stop along their tour. There are signs forbidding women from entering the inner chamber. Men only, beyond a certain point.

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Myanmar
Mahamuni Pagoda

Mount Popa

Popa means “flower” in Sanskrit and you will be able to purchase flowers to leave as an offering at the temple. To get there, you’ll have to remove shoes and socks and climb the 777 steps to the summit. Expect to be greeted by a multitude of monkeys along the way. Hold on to your belongings, the monkeys can get aggressive.

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Mount Popa, Myanmar
Mount Popa

The White Whale Temple

The wickedly enchanting whitewashed exterior of the Chaing Mai templet is an image you’ll not soon forget. At first glance, the building is and architectural daydream. At second glance, you’re in for some intense subject matter. This temple is contemporary and unconventional. Construction began in 1997 and continues to this day.

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(Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
The White Whale Temple

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This is our second vacation with TripXpert and this time it was even better. The accommodations were fantastic, there were plenty of activities to keep the children happy and in general we found the entertainment to be of a high standard.

Melissa Owens, Austin

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This is our second vacation with TripXpert and this time it was even better. The accommodations were fantastic, there were plenty of activities to keep the children happy and in general we found the entertainment to be of a high standard.

Melissa Owens, Austin