The Shwedagon Pagoda is probably the most striking and best-known tourist attraction in all of Myanmar and has a special place in the history of Yangon. The pagoda, which is over 2,500 years old, is easily recognizable amidst various other buildings that shape the city's skyline and paves the way for history buffs and intrepid travelers on a journey of discovery. The Shwedagon Pagoda, which is considered the oldest of its kind in the world, is also known as the golden pagoda. It houses a number of relics of Buddha, including 8 strands of hair from Gautama Buddha and part of the robes from Kassapa. As you enter the complex, you are greeted by the magnificent view of the golden church tower that rises above the neighboring stupas and shrines that make up the pagoda. For first-time visitors staying in a nearby hotel in Yangon, such as the Pan Pacific Yangon, it is important that you follow local customs and do not touch monks, are appropriately dressed and show respect whenever this is justified.