Entrance fee for the Botahtaung Pagoda - 3000 kiats.
Visiting hours of the Botahtaung Pagoda - 6am to 8pm.
About the Botahtaung Pagoda
The Botahtaung pagoda has been built over 2500 years ago during the Mon dynasty and it enshrines a sacred hair of the Gautama Buddha. Sadly it was totally destroyed during the Second World War by the bombings of Allied forces. The rebuilt Pagoda you see today has been influenced by recent Burmese architecture. However the relics of the original structure can be seen inside the Pagoda.
The name of the Botahtaung Pagoda
Botahtaung Pagoda’s name has an interesting origin. In Burmese ‘Bo’ means ‘leader’ and ‘tahtaung’ means ‘thousand’. Put together it means ‘thousand leaders’. Legend has it that thousand military leaders acted as escorts when the relics of the Buddha (enshrined in the Pagoda) were brought from India two thousand years ago. So, the pagoda is named Botahtaung in honor of these military leaders.
Location of the Botahtaung Pagoda
The Botahtaung Pagoda is situated in the corner of Botahtaung Pagoda Road and Strand Road. Yangon River flows very close to the Pagoda./p>
The Botahtaung Pagoda has a unique hollow interior
The Botahtaung Pagoda is a favorite among visitors because of its hollow interior allowing visitors to walk inside the pagoda. There are glass containers showcasing artifacts and relics that were rescued from the site of the previous pagoda in the mirrored-maze like walk- way inside.
Style of the Botahtaung Pagoda - "Mon" style.
Special feature of the Botahtaung Pagoda - The umbrella or the upper most tip of the Pagoda is unique and unconventional.
Size of the Botahtaung Pagoda- It is 131 feet and 8 inches tall and stands on a base of 96 ft. x 96 ft.