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10 Apr

SHWEDAGON PAGODA | Yangon | Myanmar

Myanmar. It’s my first time to visit this country and I felt so excited to explore the main sightseeing spot SHWEDAGON PAGODA which means the golden temple in Yangon.

進入緬甸仰光的大金寺內,金光閃爍的大小寺廟,一直讓我目不轉睛,據說人來到這裡之後都會很順遂,就姑且相信吧!

 

 

 

It’s my first time to be in Yangon, Myanmar. I can’t believe it’s my 23rd Visiting Country in the world! And it’s finally my turn to be in the SHWEDAGON PAGODA which is the famous place full of lots of shiny golden temples with Buddhas around this big golden tower. Especisally in the night, it’s so beautiful with the lights. But you have to cover your shoulder & legs and take off your shoes. I will show you more about my stories here.

不敢相信我現在竟然在緬甸的仰光,第23個旅行的國度,自從仰光變過夜班之後,就從來沒飛過。進入大金寺內,金光閃爍的大小寺廟,一直讓我目不轉睛,但要注意這裡的陌生人跟你說話完最後都是要拿錢的,如同在印度時發生很玄又奇妙的故事,據說人來到這裡之後都會很順遂,就姑且相信吧!

 

 

Shiny, Shiny, Shiny. I was standing in front of my Sunday Corner. I am not a Buddha Religion big fan, but I believe and respect the Gods in this world WHO would give us good luck and happiness. It’s interesting to see there are so many small golden temples from Monday to Sunday around the Big Golden Tower. I was born on Sunday, so I just need to pray to the Gods belong to Sunday.

大金塔周圍環繞著從星期一至星期日的神明,找到屬於自己的生日星期,許願完之後,再將專屬的幸運數字除以3尊小神明,也就是一尊神像要澆幾次水。我站在我的Sunday Corner前, 感謝這一切,終於完成所有過夜航點list中倒數第二項,checked!

 

Be Aware of your Money as below

 

About the incredible story in Shwedagon Pagoda, all I could say is that be aware of the people approaching  toward you even  though a monk in the temple. Let me share with you what to do in the following occasions.

關於這段大金寺的故事,不敢說自己是被坑了錢,只能將這次的故事經驗分享,如果大家下次有遇到這樣的情況,可要提高警覺,別像我們一樣,傻傻地被牽著鼻子走,我將會被觀光客會花冤枉錢的部分,以下列表說明。

 

1. 計程車 Taxi

 

Basically, it could happen in almost every country that the taxi driver would like to add more price if you are a tourist, just insist the price you can offer, otherwise, leave. Next text will accept the price you would like to offer.

基本上,我們飯店到大金寺就是3,000緬甸元起跳,回程挑計程車的時候,司機們都會喊高價位,就是要堅持你要的價格,這輛車不要,換下一輛車司機才會想說算了就載吧。

 

2. 門票費 Entry Fee

 

8,000 MMK is the fixed price for the tourists. It’s the same situation in India that locals will get much benefits to pay only a little bit.

這是不會變動,專門給觀光客的價位,就是8,000緬甸幣。如同印度,當地人當然不是這個價位。

 

3.  濕紙巾 Wet towel

 

The story was told from the Thai colleague when she first came to the Shwedagon Pagoda. Her hands got dirty and suddenly someone looked nice to give her the wet towel to let her clean the hands. But this person asked for money afterwards to make my colleague had a bad impression of this place.

這是同一趟班機的泰國姐姐跟我分享,她第一次前來的不好經驗,大致上是她在寺廟內後來手有點髒,突然有人好心遞給她濕紙巾,沒想到事後是要向她收費。我印象中,東南亞在餐廳用濕紙巾都是要額外收費,但在寺廟內以為是好心人,沒想到這樣收費反而會讓人給錢給的很不愉快。

 

4. 自稱義工的和尚 Volunteer Monk

 

Well, it’s my personal story happened to me and my colleague when we were first be in the Shwedagon Pagoda as well. I had to admit that we didn’t do any homework before we came to Yangon. As for me, I would just like to take the photos and videos of the gorgeous temples for a very simple reason and we could leave.

這是我和同事親身經歷的故事,說來也奇怪,我們出發前的確沒有做功課,圍繞在大金寺周圍的佛像要如何敬拜?原本也沒想要真的拜,畢竟陌生的國度還是感到有點邪門,儘管這整個區域全部都是金碧輝煌,令人眼花撩亂的大小佛像,只有好奇想說繞一繞拍個照就離開。

When i was overwhelming by the sparkle golden light reflected from the temple around me, there was a young monk approaching us. He said he is a English volunteer Teacher and would like to show us around. At first we thought he might look for doing something for money, but he looked so helpfully and said it doesn’t matter how much money we would give so that we let him to go with us and teach us how to pray for the Buddhas.

當我還在沉浸於終於來到大金寺帶來視覺上的驚喜同時,一名年輕的和尚走向我們,用流利的英文向我們自我介紹說,他是一名在寺廟內的義工英文老師,我們有預感他應該意圖不軌,於是一開始防備心超重說不用他陪伴,他說他的服務通常都是取決於客人要給他多少小費,不會勉強,既然他都這樣說了,我們也不疑有他,感覺他也是個誠懇且熱心的出家人。

Actually, I’m not a superstitious person but I did pray for some religious Gods while traveling in order to get easy to know the native culture and the believes. To be honest, especially in the East South or India, my body felt really bad after praying those Gods which are not belong to our culture.

Ok, there are some procedures before praying the Gods in Shwedagon Pagoda. The monk asked us our Birthday to count the lucky number and which God from Monday to Sunday we should pray for. I thought he would leave after telling us what to do. No, he looked very helpful to show us around this area and told us where to walk and which Gold to pray to make a great fortune in the future. He even could read palm to be as a fortune teller. My colleague and I made agreement to give him 4,000 in total as a tip.

But he looked so unhappy when we gave him our kindness feedback. Now, he thought it was such a small amount of money for him to survive. Excuse me? You are a monk and why you meed so much money and at first he said we could give whatever we want. And he asked us: “Do you know how much is the entry price? It should be over 8,000 for each person! 4,000 MMH is not enought!”

“So, how much you want or usually people gave you?” we asked. “15,000 MMH! ”, he said. We didn’t argue with him because we respect him as a monk and we didn’t know the living cost standard in this country until we came back and went to the food court in the mall.

The price of a dumpling noodle soup only costs a little bit more than 1,000 MMH. At that time, we found we were cheated by the monk and felt so unpleased. If I knew this would happen, I would rather just go around and would not believe what he said those Gods would help you to make a big money.

於是這名師父先問了同事的出生年月日,幫他算出他要敬拜的是哪個佛像,接著換我,我們以為就這樣已經結束,沒想到他又特別熱情帶著我們介紹廟宇內的一些建築。神奇的是,他又攻到我們的弱點,說他會算命,他的手掌也真的不可思議地肥厚,只有三條非常深厚的紋路,因此讓我們相信他是個奇人。好吧,也怪我們當下不知道是被洗腦了還是怎樣,就讓他看我們的手相,讓他說了未來會發生的好事。

師父一到了哪裡就說,這會保佑你賺大錢,於是要我們這裡摸摸,那裡踩一踩。剛好一場突如其來的滂沱大雨,讓我們被迫暫時停留在一間寺廟內,這位師父熱情地跑到入口處幫我們拿了愛心傘之後,再度返回來說他有事要離開了。我和同事一致同意各給他2,000緬甸幣當小費,當初師父不是也說看我們想給多少就給多少嗎?

等師父幫我們拿完愛心傘回來之後,我們為了感謝他,將4000緬甸幣交到他手中的同時,他突然面有難色,尷尬地笑了一下問我們說:「你們知道門票是多少嗎?是8,000元耶!這些根本連門票的錢都不到,基本上都要超過門票的價錢」。

我和同事面面相覷這又是哪裡來的規定,只好問他:「所以一般客人都給你多少?」他完全不會不好意思說:「不然你們就給我15,000元就好!」我們還當下覺得自己很失禮,原來給的這麼少,趕緊掏腰包再補錢給他,他才露出開心的笑臉離開。

我們在飯店附近的mall吃晚餐,這時候我才驚覺,根本在緬甸消費是很便宜的,一碗餛飩湯麵才1000初頭,他一個出家人,一開始還說看我們心意要給多少就好,沒想到一下坑我們這麼多錢是要做什麼?頓時覺得用這種讀心術賺取暴利奉獻的師父一點也不令人尊敬,況且我們竟然當下無感,還傻傻地給這麼多,也終於知道宗教斂財的錢原來是這樣來的。

So, I just want to share my personal experience for you if Shwedagon Pagoda is your travel destination. Just be awareness! If you think money can solve any problems and I would not say anything.

只是想跟大家分享,就算是在寺廟內,還是有很多人試圖為了獲得金錢利益而接近你,就算是和尚也是。不論如何,都還是要小心,除非有人真的覺得花錢事小,如果有當地人帶不是很好嗎?那就另當別論。

Many people might be curious about the result after praying for the Gods in Shwedagon Pagoda, did become more luckier? No, absolutely NOT during that period. If it works, why so many people in Myanmar are still poor and couldn’t change their living environment?

至於拜了大金寺真的有提升整體運勢嗎?答案是『當下』一點也沒有。如果到了大金寺大家都會變億萬富翁,那為何緬甸人民的生活還是如此窮困呢?所以結論還是一句老話:心誠則靈,不熟的廟宇千萬不要隨便亂拜,以免不小心惹禍上身。

 

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