A total of 269,851 foreign travelers visited Myanmar's world-known Shwedagon Pagoda in the first eight months of 2013, up 29 percent from last year, according to the pagoda's Board of Trustees Monday.
During the period, visitors from Thailand topped with 45,282.
With the rise of the number of tourists, the board of trustees said it will raise the entrance fee for visitors to 8 U.S.dollars per head from 5 dollars starting Oct. 1.
According to official statistics, more than 345,000 foreign tourists visited the Shwedagon Pagoda in 2012.
Meanwhile, many more foreign visitors are expected to come to Myanmar as it is hosting the 27th Southeast Asian Games in December this year.