Myanmar, South East Asia, Tourism, Travel

Nga Htat Gyi, the ‘five story pagoda’

Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda features a 20-metre high Buddha statue. It is situated at the Ashay Tanya Monastery, and is nearby the Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha in Yangon.

The walk up to Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda is pleasant. At the bottom entrance you will find two large white and gold mythological lions who guard the temple. Following this, there is a flight of stairs that are on a gradual incline, with benches on both sides. You can take your time to walk up these stairs, and despite the heat of Yangon, most likely won’t get exhausted.

At the top of the stairs, you may be approached by some friendly locals promoting a meditation centre on site. We listened to their spiel, however when we finished browsing Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda, we left via an alternate entrance to avoid having to explain to them that we didn’t want to visit the meditation centre.

The large Buddha statue is quite remarkable, featuring intricate details and jewels. The statue was built in 1900, replacing a six-metre Buddha that is thought to have been placed in the temple in the 16th century. After you take the time to admire the beauty of this Buddha, you can walk around the premises. There are several paintings, artefacts and statues, with my favourite being a combined statue and painting of the Buddha with a long line of his followers dressed in red robes.

Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda is peaceful, quiet and relatively clean. I had the feeling it was more of a local destination than a tourist attraction, and we witnessed Burmese locals visiting Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda to pray. You can walk to the nearby Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha afterwards.

Opening Hours Daily from 6am to 8pm
Entry Fee Free (donation is recommended)
Location Ngar Htat Gyi Pagoda Street, Bahan Township, Yangon