The Shwedagon is Myanmar's most revered shrine and it is customary for families and followers of the Buddha to make the pilgrimage to this sacred place of worship at least once in their lifetime.
When visiting Shwedagon Pagoda, pilgrims and visitors alike are required to dress appropriately and modestly as a mark of reverence.
Visitors are required to remove their shoes upon entering the Shwedagon and the experience of walking on feet-marked tiles wet from rain or scalded by the hot tropical sun could be pretty uncomfortable.
The main gold-plated dome is topped by a stupa containing thousands of precious stones like diamonds, rubies, topaz and sapphires and emerald.
The pagoda is said by some to be the oldest in the world. It is also said to contain eight hairs of the Buddha further enhancing its prestige.
Donation boxes are placed around Pagoda complex Pagoda and are labeled for specific purposes such as for maintenance, gold plating, electricity, water and others.
The stairways and bridges leading into the main sanctuary serve the daily thousands of pilgrims. These areas are where peddlers display their flowers, religious souvenirs, books and fruit offerings for sale.
The Shwedagon Pagoda exhibits tracing its history through photographs is located on the main platform.
This is an immense shiny and beautiful complex that ought to be included in your travel itinerary. There are several other shrines within its vicinity but I think the Shwedagon Pagoda is the largest and most famous.