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The Shwedagon PagodaThe guide was updated:
This is a living, practicing site, so the visitor should know some of the basic rules of visiting a Buddhist temple in Myanmar:
You will be asked to take off your shoes and socks. Dress with respect: no shorts (although this is less of a problem in Myanmar than Thailand).
Walk around the Pagoda in a clockwise direction, which is starting from the left side and going round to the right. This applies to all Buddhist sites.
If you want to sit down, make sure your feet are not pointing towards any images or figures of The Buddha, and especially, keep the bottom of your feet tucked inside, towards yourself. Have a look at the way the local people sit, and copy them. Most sit cross legged.
Try not to pat children on the head.
Try to make your picture taking the least intrusive as possible. The Buddhist people who come here are worshipping, and may not want to be the centre of a photo.
- Address: The Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon