Located on Tamwe Township, Shwegondine Road, Yangon, the Kyaukhtatgyi pagoda, also called Chauk Htat Gyi pagoda, is known for the impressive 65 meters long Buddha statue which is one of the largest Buddhist statues in Myanmar. The pagoda was built in 1907, then destroyed before being rebuilt in 1957 and completed in 1966 by the donations of many Buddhist devotees and foreign visitors.
Things to see and do at Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda
At Kyaukhtatgyi pagoda, travelers can have a chance to observe the enormous Buddha statue with 65 meters long and 16 meters high, named Chauk Htat Gyi. The image wears a golden robe, the right arm supports the back of the head. The original statue was created and completed in 1907 and during the renovations in 1966, it was housed in an iron structure with corrugated iron roof of six layers and five meters.
The statue is decorated with many impressive colors: white face, red lips, blue eye shadow, golden robe and red finger nails. All details in the face, eyes and feet of this statue are designed clearly and amazingly. Around the statue, tourists can see a number of shrines and one for them represents for the eight days in the week of Asian astrology. Especially, Wednesday is divided into two days and the local people pray to the shrine belonging to the day of their birth. It is believed that the statue makes an impression on visitors’ mind.
Wandering in the pagoda, tourists in their Yangon tours can meet some monasteries, including the Ashay Tawya monastery where hundreds of monks study the Buddha’s teachings. These monasteries in the pagoda accommodate over six hundred monks who study Buddhist Scriptures from the senior and qualified monks. The entire cost of maintenance is met from the people’s donations.
How to get to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda
Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda is situated in central Yangon on Shwe Gon Taing street, which takes approximately 3 kilometers North East of the Shwedagon Pagoda, therefore, guests can hire a taxi with a payment of 3-5USD to get to the pagoda.
It welcomes the travelers daily from 6 am to 8 pm. The admission fee is $5US, including the service fee for the upkeep of Buddha statue and the training for local monks of the Ashay Tawya monastery. As other pagodas in Myanmar, the visitors have to take their shoes and socks off before entering.
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