MEILAMU PAGODA

The Meilamu Pagoda is the Disneyland of Yangon religious sites

To read about my visit to Meilamu Pagoda, visit the blog here: Massive Statues of Meilamu

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Entrance Fee: Free for locals and foreigners

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

Location: The large Pagoda is located on Thudhamma Road in North Okkalapa Township in eastern Yangon next to the Pazaungdaung Creek (NgaMoeYeik Creek)

Meilamu Pagoda


The Meilamu Pagoda (Mei Lamu Pyay, Mae La Mu) is located on Thudhamma Road in the working-class suburb North Okkalapa Township in Yangon. Nominal access to the city’s power and sewer grid leave the Pagoda virtually untouched by tourists as electricity is available only several times per day. The pagoda and area is so remote that LonelyPlanet and the internet are little help to visitors as this is as far off the grid as you can go in Yangon District.

Meilamu Pagoda

Established in 1959, North Okkalapa Township serves as home to several structures on the Yangon City Heritage List and the Meilamu Pagoda more than earns its place. Built in the 1950s, this is a pagoda of Disneyland-like proportions. It has larger-than-life 3D stucco depictions of the Buddha’s life and practice throughout the compound and the giant Ngamoeyeik concrete crocodile houses a gallery depicting the legend of Mei La Mu, the girl born from a La Mu Tree (mangrove fruit) after whom the temple is named. According to this legend, she became the mother of the King of Okkalapa who founded Yangon (Rangoon). To read more about the Ngamoeyeik Crocodile and legend of Meilamu, click here.

Meilamu Pagoda
Mei La Mu at the entrance of her Pagoda

Meilamu Pagoda

Walking through the compound takes quite a while even if you don’t pause to stop and look at all the sites. Making your way to the back of the compound, you come to Nga Moe Yeik (Ngamoeyeik) Creek and Pazundaung Creek with teahouses and local restaurants galore. Houses built on the water is truly a sight to see and across the creek is the stunning Wijuwedo Pagoda (blog, more info).

Meilamu Pagoda
Nga Moe Yeik Crocodile Shrine

Back to the compound, and numerous buildings scattered throughout the complex shelter other images of the Buddha before and after he became enlightened. In addition, many little shops adorn the walkways and entrances. You can buy little crabs, fish, clothing and more!

Meilamu Pagoda

Meilamu Pagoda
Wijuwedo Pagoda across Pazandaung Creek

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Resources:

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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!