Friday, June 23, 2017

Cost of visiting Shwedagon for foreigners rises to Ks 10,000

 June 22, 2017
According to the board of trusteeship of the Shwedagon Pagoda, as of 1 December, the entrance fee for foreigners to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda will go up to Ks 10,000.

The price increase was originally going to be imposed starting 1 June, but at the suggestion of the Myanmar Travel & Tour Agency, it was decided that six months notice should be given.

Presently, Ks 8,000 is being collected from foreign visitors. With the increased collection, arrangements for giving better services are under way.

“In last summer, there were few visitors to the pagoda because of the burning heat while in January, February and March foreign visitors came. With the increased collection of entrance fees, provision of better services is under way”, said U Win Kyaing, the deputy head of the office of Shwedagon Pagoda’s Board of Trusteeship. It has been learnt that 36,674 tourists visited the pagoda in May. From the end of January to the end of April, there were over 250,000 visitors to the famous pagoda. Out of all international visitors to the Shwedagon pagoda, those from a neighboring country, Thailand, were the most numerous, followed by guests from China and Germany.

Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar

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