Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple is home to a 66 metres long reclining Buddha. The original reclining Buddha was built in 1907, however it was not proportioned correctly, and Buddha’s face was said to have an angry expression.
A replacement reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple was rebuilt in 1966, and is housed in an iron structure with corrugated iron sheets roof of six layers. It was consecrated in 1973 and remains at the same location to this day.
This is a peaceful pagoda, which is manned by friendly locals at the entrance who collect a donation as opposed to an entry fee. When you enter, you will be blown away at the size of the reclining Buddha. It isn’t until you reach the feet, however, that you will come to appreciate how much detail and effort has gone into constructing this breathtaking statue.
Take your time to walk around Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple as there are many Buddha shrines and Buddhist statues around the rectangular perimeter. If you walk around the back you can take in some fresh air and look at the stunning scenery surrounding this magnificent temple. There is a mural located near Buddha’s feet which you could spend a decent amount of time looking at, and a platform nearby where you can take a photo of the spectacular statue in its entirety.
There are monasteries located at this pagoda, with over six hundred Monks living and studying here.If you needed to go to the bathroom, there are toilets available for a small fee nearby these monasteries.
After visiting this pagoda, you can walk to Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda, which houses a 20-metre Buddha statue. Keep Google Maps on your phone for this journey, as even though it was close, we lost the way for awhile.
|Opening Hours||Daily from 6am to 8pm|
|Location||Shwe Gon Taing Road, Tamwe Township, Yangon|