A total of 414,007 foreign travellers visited Myanmar’s famous Shwedagon Pagoda in 2013, up 19 percent from a year earlier and also the highest ever, according to the pagoda’s Board of Trustees.
According to official statistics, 346,610 foreign tourists visited the Shwedagon Pagoda in 2012.
Visitor numbers to the pagoda in 2010 was 175,054, and 225,381 in 2011.
“Shwedagon Pagoda is a must-see for all the tourists. People of every gender and age come here daily. We hope we’ll get more visitors this year,” U Win Kying, a member of Shwedagon Pagoda Board of Trustees, said.
Last month, 44,819 visitors from countries such as Brazil, China, Finland, Germany, India, Portugal, South Korea, Thailand and the United States visited the pagoda.
Thai visitors topped the list with 13,603 visiting the iconic pagoda.
The entrance fee for visitors is designated as $8 per head.
The Shwedagon Pagoda accommodates hundreds of colourful temples, stupas and statues that reflect the architectural era spanning almost 2,500 years.