Yangon Sule Paya
Location: Sule Paya & Mahabandoola Road
Admission: USD 2; donation for shoes; USD 2 camera fee
Opening hours: daily, 04:00 until 22:00
The Sule Pagoda is the heart of Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar and for centuries it has been the focus for the social and religious activities of the city. In the mid 19th century the British structured the streets in a grid-system and used the Sula Pagoda as the urban center.
(The Sule Pagoda in the center of Yangon)
The 48 meters pagoda with its octagonal structure that is consistent up to the bell and inverted bowl indicates the Brahman Buddhist heritage.
(Pilgrims inside the Sule Pagoda)
Sule Pagoda’s eight sides are dedicated to the days, planets and animals of the eight cardinal points.
(The Lion, a Burmese Zodiac Animal sign is located in the southeast of the pagoda)
Visitors should stroll around the stupa in a clockwise direction. Pagodas, temples and monks welcome visitors and tourists. Please always remember to not disturb prayer or eating times, women are not allowed to touch monks, bow slightly in the presence of older monks, don’t point soles of feet or fingers towards monks or Buddha statues, sit with feet tucked behind rather than crossed, hats off in the monastery grounds, take off your shoes in the building, speak softly, ask before taking pictures, don’t enter closed buildings without permission, contribute what you can to the donation box.