Shwedagon Pagoda itself is grand, awe-inspiring and all that. The sun could make it tough to visit because you have to step on the ground barefoot; so the few hours close to sunset would be better for visit (or visit after sunset if you are okay with the night view. It is another kind of beautiful view anyway). You could easily spend a few hours there. Just beware of fake guides who approach tourists by helping to take photos for them or chatting with them - pretending to be friendly and asking where they are from, and then starting to introduce this and that and asking for money in the end. Simply ignore them or turn them away. The entrance is expensive. The authority could have monitored it better with that sum of money. For whole of my trip in Myanmar of nine days, this is the sight that I would rate the lowest for the experience and atmosphere.
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