CHAUKHTATGYI PAGODA

The Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda is one of the largest Reclining Buddha Images in the world

To read about my visit to the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, visit the blog here: The Tremendous Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda

For all the high-resolution photos from Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda: Click Here

Entrance Fee: Free for both foreigners and locals, however a donation is requested; Like all Buddhist sites, shoes must be taken off before entering the compound and there is a shoe-keeping service nearby

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

Location: Between the Bahan-Tamwe Townships of Yangon, it is located on Shwegondaing Road and across the street from the Ngahtatgyi Pagoda and northeast of the Shwedagon Pagoda

Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple, Yangon Myanmar

Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda (also known as Chauk Htat Gyi Paya) is one of the most well-known Buddhist temples in the Bahan-Tamwe Townships in Yangon. The gigantic Reclining Buddha image is one of the most revered in the country and is referred to as the five-tiered (five stories) tall Buddha. As an aside, the custom of naming Buddhist images by tiered numbers is derived from the second Innwa period of Burmese history.

Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple, Yangon Myanmar

The original construction was sponsored by a wealthy Burmese Buddhist by the name of Sir Po Tha in 1899.  The image was completed in 1907 by another construction company however it was not proportioned correctly and the Buddha’s face had an ‘aggressive’ expression. There was also no large steel structure to house the Buddha Image and the exposure to the wet Burmese monsoon further damaged the massive image.

In the 1950s, the old Buddha image was demolished and temple trustees began work to replace the image. The construction was complete under the supervision of U Thaung, a master craftsman from Tavoy (now Dawei). It stands 30 meters tall and over 65 meters long.  The reconstructed image has the head aligned towards the east and the visage facing north. Large glass eyes with dimensions of 1.77 by .58 metres (5 ft 10 in × 1 ft 11 in) were custom-created at Naga Glass Factory. The Buddha image was consecrated in 1973. What is incredible and unique about this pagoda is that the entire cost of the construction was covered by the people of Yangon. In addition the monastery, which houses over 600 studious monks and monks-in-training, has its upkeep and maintenance also fully covered by the devout worshippers.

Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple, Yangon Myanmar

Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple, Yangon Myanmar

Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple, Yangon Myanmar

The pagoda itself is essentially a huge metal structure designed to shelter the Buddha from the elements. The Reclining Buddha is crowned with diamonds and precious stones, making an encounter with the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha quite an awe-inspiring experience. Be sure to walk all the way around, as on the Buddha’s feet are 108 different and highly-detailed inscriptions in gold describing the many lives of the Buddha. There is also a small stand near the feet perfect for photographers to take some terrific shots. Attached by rickety walkways and tin roofs is the local monastery Ashay Tawya, which houses both monks and the sick from all around the country seeking care at one of the local hospitals.

 

Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda

There is a car park on the side of the pagoda along with a large parking lot surrounded by a small market. Roughly 500 visitors a day arrive to Chaukhtatgyi, however after visiting the pagoda many times I’ve only seen a handful of tourists. It is a great place to visit during the rainy season as even if you get caught out in a storm it is incredibly relaxing to hang out, listen to the rain, meditate and chat with the locals.

Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple, Yangon Myanmar

Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple, Yangon Myanmar

Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple, Yangon Myanmar

Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple, Yangon Myanmar

Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple, Yangon Myanmar

Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple, Yangon Myanmar

Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple, Yangon Myanmar

Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda

Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda

To read about my visit to the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, visit the blog here: The Tremendous Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda

For all the high-resolution photos from Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda: Click Here

Resources:

Chaukhtatgyi Paya Wiki

Architecture of Buddhism – 100 Years of Chaukhtatgyi

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!