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Why Kaba Aye Paya is special ?
The Kaba Aye or “world peace” Paya is 35 meters (117 ft) high and colorfully decorated. Red, yellow and turquoise lotuses, swastika and lotus buds are carved on the stucco exterior, topped by the golden stupa. Golden arches on the porches around the outside of the pagoda enclose golden figurines. Statues and relics are housed within the paya.
The Maha Pasana Cave (Great Stone Cave) is found just north of the Kaba Aye Paya, in the same complex. The cave was created as a replica of the Satta Panni Cave of India, the setting for the first Buddhist Synod. Yangon hosted the Sixth Buddhist Synod over two year, 1954-56, in celebration of the 2500th anniversary of the Buddha’s enlightenment. Some 2,500 monks attended the 1954 event, reciting scriptures inside the massive artificial cave.
The Maha Pasana Cave is still used to host Buddhist ceremonies and is a place of pilgrimage.
What to explore at Kaba Aye Paya?
On both the inside and outside of the Paya are numerous small silvery tiles which are very attractive. The inside of the Paya is dominated by the huge hollow central pillar covered in lovely blue murals of lotus flowers and such like. Inside the pillar, in an air conditioned room, which can be visited, are a number of Buddha relics as well as a nearly 3 metre silver Buddha statue. On the outside of the central pillar as well as a number of smaller Buddha images, there are 4 statues representing the four so called 'Great Buddhas' who are meant to have lived on Earth.
In the center of the pagoda is a large, hollow pillar. Its exterior is adorned with murals of nature in blue and green colors. Around the pillar are golden images of the four Buddhas that have reached Nirvana, namely Kassapa Buddha, Kakusandha Buddha, Konagamana Buddha and Gautama Buddha.
Inside the hollow pillar is a large silver Buddha image in the Bhumisparsha mudra of “Calling the Earth to witness”, seated on a elaborate pedestal. Around the walls are numerous smaller images in various postures. The pagoda’s outer walls opposite the pillar are adorned with large murals showing Buddhist depictions.
How to get to Kaba Aye Paya?
The pagoda is found in Mayangon township, North of Yangon town center. It is located on Kabar Aye pagoda road, about 1 kilometer North East of Inya Lake. The Maha Pasana Guha is directly North of the pagoda.
- Peacefull temple with quiet atmosphere
- Interesting place to explore
- The place of Buddha's Dhamma History
- Lots of buddah images
- A tranquil and unusual more modern temple
Kabar Aye Pagoda Rd Yangon Myanmar (Burma)
Tips for you
A must see if you come to Myanmar. Each temple has its own history & artistic value, so its always good to have a Guide or Guide book to get the real story. A well maintained temple. Greatest thing is no beggars around which can be a nuisance. Also make sure to dress appropriately, even if its a very hot day as a mark of respect to Buddhism.