YANGON, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar is striving for nominating its well-known Shwedagon Pagoda as one of the cultural heritages of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2020, official media reported Friday.
The 99-meter-high Shwedagon is situated on Singuttara hill, west of Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon.
Shwedagon Pagoda, usually crowded with visitors from home and abroad during the open season, is featured by its best repository in Myanmar heritage, architecture, sculpture and arts.
It accommodates hundreds of colorful temples, stupas, and statues that reflect the architectural era spanning almost 2,500 years.
According to statistics of the Pagoda's Board of Trustee, about 300,000 tourists visited Shwedagon Pagoda during the first five months of this year.
The board's figures also show that more than 500,000 tourists from over 40 countries and regions visited the pagoda annually.