|1 hours 30 mins|
|06:00 AM - 08:00 PM|
Temple & Monument
Chaukhtatgyi Paya is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Chaukhtatgyi Paya is special ?
Chaukhtatgyi Paya is located on the north-eastern side of the Shwedagon Pagoda and is home to the reclining Buddha. It is one of the most revered sites in Yangon. The paya is a huge structure made of metal that has been designed to protect the Buddha from the external elements. Chaukhtatgyi Paya is open throughout the day and you can catch a glimpse of the Buddha without having to pay an admission fee.
Placed on a giant platform horizontally, the statue of the reclining Buddha is almost 60m long and 30 m tall and draped in a golden robe. It is studded with precious stones and diamonds. The sight of the Buddha lying across the platform is quite a delightful experience for visitors. After you have walked through the entire length of the statue you can see the inscriptions in gold on Buddha’s feet which describe the several lives of the Buddha.
The original statue was completed in 1907. However, over the years, the structure was damaged and needed repair. That is when a devout follower went ahead and restored it. It was only during the renovation work in 1966 that the statue was extended by 5 meters. The money need to complete the work was donated by Buddhists and even some foreign tourists. The names of all those who contributed are inscribed on the beams.
What to explore at Chaukhtatgyi Paya?
The very impressive 65 meters long and 16 meters high Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha image is wearing a golden robe; the right arm of the Buddha is supporting the back of the head. The Reclining Buddha image is decorated with very expressive colors, white face, red lips, blue eye shadow, golden robe and red finger nails.
The soles of the feet contain 108 segments in red and gold colors that show images representing the 108 lakshanas or auspicious characteristics of the Buddha.
Buddhist people pay their respect to the Reclining Buddha burning incense sticks and offering flowers. Around the Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha image is a number of shrines, one for each of the eight days of the week in Asian astrology (Wednesday is split in two days). Local people pray to the shrine belonging to the day of their birth.
A few inscribed plaques in English and Burmese contain information about Buddhism and the teachings of the Buddha.
A similar very large Reclining Buddha, but in a slightly different pose is the Shwethalyaung Buddha in the town of Bago, North of Yangon.
Around the pagoda are several monasteries. In the Ashay Tawya monastery hundreds of monks study the teachings of the Buddha.
Just across the street from the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is another temple, the Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda that contains another huge Buddha image, a seated one, wearing a golden robe.
This temple also contains a mural of a long line of followers of the Buddha, with the Buddha and the first few of his followers appearing to come out of the painting.
How to get to Chaukhtatgyi Paya?
The pagoda is located in the Tamwe township of central Yangon on Shwe Gon Taing street, about 3 kilometers North East of the Shwedagon Pagoda. A taxi from downtown Yangon to the Pagoda should cost around US$ 3 - 5.
- Serene Place for Meditation
- A quiet place to pray and meditate
- Beautiful Reclining Buddha
- An Awesome Buddha Image in Yangon
- One of Myanmar's largest Buddha icons
Bahan Township Yangon Myanmar (Burma)
Tips for you
Reclining gracefully this Buddha has interesting feet with astrological symbols. The best time to go is early morning or evening as it can be hot inside. Also many people go there and it gets very crowded.