Mahar Kyain Thitsar Shin Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

KYAIN THIT SAR SHIN PAGODA

The Kyain Thit Sar Shin Pagoda is a must-see in Yangon, Myanmar

To read about my visit to Kyain Thit Sar Shin, visit the blog here: Kyain Thit Sar Shin Monastery

For all the high-resolution photos from Kyain Thit Sar Shin Pagoda: Click Here

Entrance Fee: Free for locals and foreigners

Visiting Hours: The pagoda opens daily from around 8:00am until around 6:00pm

Location: The large Pagoda is located on Thu Nandar Road in North Okkalapa Township. It is across the street and just south of the Mitta Oo Pagoda

Kyain Thit Sar Shin

 

The Mahar Kyain Thit Sar Shin Pagoda (also known as the Kyain Thitsar Shin Pyay, Adit-Htan Pagoda, Maha Kyein Payagyi) is one of the most impressive pagodas of Yangon (Rangoon). Built in 2009 by the Adit-Htan Buddhist Association (ABA), the imposing 130-foot tall (45 m)pagoda can be seen for miles and is a testament to Burmese craftsmanship and dedication. Built upon a two-story monastery and hollow throughout, the large Buddha statue looks a bit different from most Buddha images in Yangon. The reason for this is because it is in the Rakhine style, a state in northern Myanmar (Burma) of which the leader of the ABA movement is from.

Kyain Thit Sar Shin

The compound itself is guarded by several Nagar (Burmese Mythological Dragons) near its gate. The rather large walls are quite thick, as they contain housing for Monks and devoted followers who pilgrim to North Okkalapa Township in Yangon to pray and study at the monastery. On top of the walls are many Buddha images each intricately detailed and housed in expertly-crafted coves.

Kyain Thit Sar Shin

Kyain Thit Sar Shin

The Adit-Htan Buddhist Association (ABA) is an international non-profit organization registered in Myanmar, California USA and Sydney Australia. According to their Facebook page, the ABA was founded in 2008 with “an expressed purpose of disseminating the Dhamma (Buddha’s teachings) through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities in accordance with the meditation doctrine and practice of the Mahajeyyasiddhi Adit-Htan Sayadaw U Kularakhita, the spiritual leader of the Association.”

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Mahajeyyasiddhi Adit-Htan Sayadaw U Kularakhita hails from Ankyeindawgone Hilllock of Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar. He was initiated into the Monk order at the age of ten and fully ordained at the age of 20, an incredibly young age for a Monk. After studying and gaining degrees in Sittwe and then Yangon, he became the abbot of the Sunye Village Monastery. After years of teaching, he founded the ABA and at the age of 36 he became well-known as Adihk-Htan Sayadaw. He traveled throughout Myanmar practicing Adit-Htan and published some literature and papers all the while gaining followers.

Since his travels began, his followers have erected several shrines each with the same design: a large seated Buddha Image on top of a large monastery. Two notable pagodas are the Mahar KanKyee Shin Pagoda and the Lawka Htite Pan Pagoda in Pauk Taw, both in Rakhine State, Myanmar. To read more about their projects, click here.

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Mahar KanKyee Shin Pagoda, Rakhine State, Myanmar
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Lawka Htite Pan Pagoda in Pauk Taw, Rakhine State, Myanmar

Mahājeyyasiddhi Adit-Htan Sayadaw’s Ovada (teaching) is “Let no one come to harm because of you. Let no one suffer because of you. Let no one come to mental distress because of you. You are responsible for the success and wellbeing of the many.

 

Kyain Thit Sar Shin

Kyain Thit Sar Shin
Nagar (Dragons) guarding the monastery
Kyain Thit Sar Shin
First floor of the monastery
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Prayer room, second floor of the monastery
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Stairs up to the interior of the Pagoda Statue

To read about my visit to Kyain Thit Sar Shin, visit the blog here: Kyain Thit Sar Shin Monastery

For all the high-resolution photos from Kyain Thit Sar Shin Pagoda: Click Here

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Resources:

Adit-Han.org

AditHan Buddhism Facebook

Phillip Harbor

Author, blogger, photographer, all-around world traveler

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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!