Shwedagon Pagoda, the most famous pilgrimage site in Myanmar, was visited by more than 64,000 foreign travellers last month, an increase of over 5,500 visitors when compared with the similar period of last year, according to the Pagoda Board of Trustees. In March 2016, the Pagoda hosted over 58,000 foreigners.
Pagoda authorities collected more than Ks510 million plus US$360 entrance fees and $9,400 donated by international tourists, mostly from neighbouring Thailand.
According to statistics of the Pagoda authorities, about 15,000 Thais, 6,229 Chinese, about 4,500 Koreans, 3,293 Japanese and 3,153 French visitors, as well as a few Chilean, Serbian, Pakistanis, Czechs and Israelis, visited Shwedagon Pagoda in March alone. A collective blood donation activity will take place at the Pagoda on the first day of the Myanmar New Year, which falls on 17 April, with the Pagoda authorities inviting people to participate in the blood contribution for people in need. Yangon’s most famous landmark is crowded every day with a large number of devotees and merit makers who walk around the stupa and make offerings to the Buddha statues. For foreign visitors, it is a great place to enjoy observing Myanmar’s cultural standard through ancient architectures. The Shwedagon Pagoda is situated on Singuttara Hill, Shwedagon Pagoda Road, Dagon Township, downtown Yangon, just west of Kandawgyi Lake.