KYAUKTAWGYI PAGODA

The marvelous marble Buddha at Kyauktawgyi Pagoda is a testament to Burmese artistry

To read about my visit to Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, visit the blog here: Photo Journal: Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

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Entrance Fee: 5,000 Kyat (roughly $3 USD) for foreigners while locals can enter freely

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

Location: The pagoda is located on Mindhamma Hill in Mingaladon Township, Yangon. It is a bit southwest of the Yangon International Airport and west of the Myanmar Golf Course

Kyauktawgyi Pagoda


Kyauk Htat Gyi Pagoda (Kyaukhtatgyi Paya, Kyauk Taw Gyi, Kyauk Daw Gyi) is a marvelous Buddha Image located on Mindhamma Hill in the north of Yangon. Carved out of a single piece of marble, the incredible Buddha stands at 25-feet (7.6m) tall and weighs over 560 tons! Some say the Buddha is actually 37-feet tall, 23-feet wide and over 600 tons, however that seems to be a bit of an overestimate. Nonetheless, it’s incredibly impressive. It is housed in a climate-controlled glass case preventing damage from the hot and moist environment of Yangon.

Kyauktawgyi Pagoda
Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

Known as Loka Chantha Abhaya Labha Muni (also spelled Lawka Chantha Abaya Labamuni) or translated literally into English as “World Peace and Prosperity,” the image sits in the abhayamudra pose or “gesture of fearlessness.” Made entirely of a single piece of marble found in Sagyin Hill, Madaya Township in Mandalay Region in 1999, it was transported south using a special railroad carriage and then pushed down the Irrawaddy River on a 61-meters long barge by three steamers donated by the Asia World Company. The trip saw the barge accompanied by a fleet of decorated ceremonial boats and stop at major towns along the river before it reached Yangon. There are many paintings around the pagoda depicting the trip.
Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

The marble image made landfall at Gyogon in Insein Township on August 5th, 2000, to a crowd of over 500,000 people including many dignitaries and government officials. On August 10th, the image was then moved atop Mindhamma Hill using a special railway carriage which required the use of 4 locomotives. The partially carved image was finished and erected at an auspicious location designated by astrologers (Aung Myay, or “victory grounds”), where it is currently housed. The Buddha image was consecrated in February 2002. This Buddhist project was reportedly a “Yadaya” exercise to avert misfortune. The Kyauktawgyi Buddha Temple was built on the site of the former Nine Mile Cemetery.

Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

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Resources:

Kyauktawgyi Pagoda Wiki

Myanmars.net

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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!