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Why Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda is special ?
Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda, located across the Ayeyarwady River in Pakokku District, Magway Division, Myanmar (Burma) is a prominent Burmese Buddhist pagoda near the historic city of Bagan, believed to enshrine four tooth relics of Gautama Buddha.
It was built by King Anawrahta in 397 ME on Tant Kyi Hill, where the royal white elephant bearing the tooth relics rested for the second time, after it sat at a place, market by Shin Myethna Thettawshay Pagoda, then at a place where heavy rains fell, market by Shin Mogaung Pagoda, and at a place where the elephant mustered its strength, market by Sin Min Thwin Pagoda.
What to explore at Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda?
Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda is 90 feet (27 m) high with the base of 60 feet (18 m). Its nine tiers of umbrella contains a silver vane and the diamond bud. It has been renovated in successive periods. It has an image of Lord Buddha, a statue of Ananda and that of the forest guardian. A look down from the pagoda platform reveals the head of a dragon protruding from the walling down below. It is said that the tail end of this likeness of the dragon is around the site of Shwezigon Pagoda. Many years passed by but still the pagoda is maintained by time to time. It takes about half a day to travel and visit this place.
How to get to Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda?
Tant Kyi Taung is located on the western side of Ayeyarwaddy river. There are ferries carrying visitors across the Ayeyarwaddy river, every early morning. Visitors can visit the place by taxi from Nyaung U Airport.
- Unique architecture
- Beautiful sculptures and decoration
- Frescoes of Bagan Period
- Spectacular temple
- Extremely nice view
Magway Region Myanmar (Burma)
We had great time at Tantkyi Taung temple. What a great experience. The temple is an importand historical site of Bagan and is a typical of old Bagan architecture. We were interested in beautiful sculptures and decoration Visiting this place for different and special feeling. It’s our most meaningful moment at Bagan.