Kabar Aye Pagoda, also known as the World Peace Pagoda, is relatively new compared to the many other pagodas in Yangon. It was built in 1952 under the order of U Nu, the prime minister of Myanmar, as an attempt to establish Buddhism as the official religion of Myanmar and create a Buddhist state. As many Buddhist’s didn’t believe Buddhism should be a part of a political institution, U Nu was not successful in his attempt.
This pagoda has a volatile history. On Christmas day, 1996, two bombs exploded at Kabar Aye pagoda. Although the initial explosion didn’t cause any injuries, the second explosion, two hours later, killed five people and injured 17. Although blame was pointed at the All-Burma Students Democratic Front and the Karen National Union, no charges were laid.
Per legend, Kabar Aye pagoda is 2,500 years old. The pagoda, which is hollow and 35m high, features four great Buddhas to represent the four Buddhas who have already appeared in the world; Kassapa Buddha, Kakusandha Buddha, Konagamana Buddha and Gautama Buddha.
The circular platform around the main stupa is home to many Buddha statues, and definitely worth a look. You will also find the Museum of Buddha’s Life in the compound, which consists of some detailed artwork and a display in the middle. The main entrance into the pagoda is filled with many shops offering Buddhist images, souvenir t-shirts and food.
Although we didn’t visit, nearby Kabar Aye Pagoda is Maha Pasana, a cave that was created as a replica of the Satta Panni Cave of India. It was here that the sixth Buddhist Synod was hosted. It now serves as a place for pilgrimage. The ceilings and walls feature the teachings of the Tripitaka.
|Opening Hours||Daily, 6am to 8pm|
|Location||Kabar Aye Road, Mayangone Township, Yangon|