TAUNG PULU MONASTERY

The Taung Pulu Monastery is a hidden gem located on Yangon’s Inya Lake

To read about my visit to the Taung Pulu Monastery, visit the blog here: Beautiful Views at Taung Pulu Monastery

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Entrance Fee: Free to enter

Visiting Hours: As the Taung Pulu Monastery isn’t a tourist attraction, visitors should arrive at a reasonable time in the morning (after 8:00am) and depart before sundown

Location: Just south of Inya Lake in Yangon, located off of University Road down the road from the Myawady gas station and between the United States’ Embassy and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house.

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Theravada Buddhism is the dominant religion in Myanmar with over 90% of the population devoutly following the faith. Due to the incredible devotion of the Burmese and their penchant for charity, golden pagodas with Images to the Buddha are found so abundantly that after a few hours it’s easy to see why they call Southeast Asia’s second-largest country “The Golden Land.”

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The Taung Pulu Monastery is located on the shores of Inya Lake, Yangon’s largest and most important water source. The monastery is located behind the Myawaddy gas station and Inya Wailuwun Monastery on University Road, the main street on the south side of the lake. Taung Pulu is completely obfuscated from view from the street but for the adventurous, the payoff comes with a brilliant golden pagoda, large Buddha Images, an incredible view over the lake and a small housing complex for the monks of the monastery.

Taung Pulu

Taung Pulu

Taung Pulu

The Buddha Images are brilliantly well-kept and worshipers regularly walk by saying prayers. The main room is very quiet and surrounding the stupa are stairs leading up to second and third tiers of the golden tower. Women are forbidden from accessing the higher floors as is custom in Buddhist religion. The second tier features a window looking into the prayer room along with a view over the water. The third tier has another prayer room with several Buddha Images and a lookout over the water. The view is stunning, the surroundings are peacefully silent and the monastery is really a welcome respite from the regular hustle and bustle of Yangon life.

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Women aren’t allowed to climb to the second and third tiers of the pagoda…

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Taung Pulu

Taung Pulu
… Which is unfortunate because the views are stunning
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Myanmar Plaza and Kabar Aye Pagoda Road over Inya Lake

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Who wouldn’t want to relax with a book here?

 To read about my visit to the Taung Pulu Monastery, visit the blog here: Beautiful Views at Taung Pulu Monastery

For all the high-resolution photos from Taung Pulu Monastery: Click Here

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Phillip Harbor

Author, blogger, photographer, all-around world traveler

Israeli Abroad

IsraeliAbroad (formerly SidepieceDiplomat) was started as a passion project by amateur photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!

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IsraeliAbroad was started as a passion project by photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!