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Shwedagon Pagoda to Hike Admission Fee for Foreigners

18 September 2013

Rangoon’s main tourist attraction, Shwedagon Pagoda, will see its entrance fee for foreigners increased 60 percent beginning next month, with the Buddhist shrine’s keepers citing increased visitors as reason for the price hike. Mizzima reported on Tuesday that Shwedagon saw a 29 percent increase in visitors through the first eight months of 2013, prompting its Board of Trustees to raise the price of admittance from US$5 to $8 beginning Oct. 1. Thai nationals topped the list of Shwedagon’s 269,851 visitors through August, with the neighboring Buddhist country responsible for 45,282 of the pagoda’s foreign admittances, the Board of Trustees said.