Shwedagon closes at New Year

YANGON, 27 December 2017: Myanmar’s iconic and revered Shwedagon Pagoda will be closed to tourists, 30 to 1 January 2018,

The pagoda will close to tourists 0700 on 30 December to all foreign visitors and reopen after religious ceremonies at 1200, 1 January.

Authorities at the pagoda, released a statement to travel companies, 18 December. advising them the closure.

In its update for travel partners, Asian Trails noted that the closure at New Year was necessary to allow “consecration and communal offering ceremonies for 18,000 members of the All Sects- Buddhist Sangha on the first day of the New Year.”

Due to the short notice, travel companies will need to make adjustments and reschedule visits to Shwedagon Pagoda for clients, or refund entrance fees. Foreign tourists must pay USD8 to enter the complex.

The Shwedagon Pagoda, officially named Shwedagon Zedi Daw, or the Great Dagon Pagoda, is a gilded stupa located in Yangon, Myanmar. Built in 1372 the ancient temple stands 105 metres tall.

The country’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism reported that 1.02 million foreign visitors entered the country at  Yangon International Airport in November, a 7% increase year-on-year.