The most sacred pagodas to see in Yangon, Myanmar

The most sacred pagodas to see in Yangon, Myanmar

An overview of Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon

Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar and it is former capital houses some of the country’s oldest, most famous and most highly revered temples and pagodas. For more information about Yangon, please view: Indochina tours Myanamar

Yangon’s oldest pagodas

Considered to be oldest pagoda in Burma, the Shwedagon is Yangon’s most famous sacred and pilgrimage site. It’s 99 meter in height with gold plated stupa enshrining hair strands of the Gautama Buddha is topped with a diamond studded spire. It’s located on a top of a small hill makes the pagoda visible from much of the towns. After dark the pagoda is beautifully illuminated with spotlights.

An overview of Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon

An overview of Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon-source: internet

According to legend, the Botataung pagoda was constructed some 2,500 years ago by the Mon people. It enshrines a hair relic of the Gautama Buddha. Unlike most stupas, the main stupa of the Botataung pagoda is open to the people that can see the hair relic exhibited in an ivory shrine.

The Sule, a small Mon style of pagoda in the downtown of Yangon is one of the oldest in Myanmar. It is considered to have been founded during the lifetime of the Gautama Buddha 25 centuries ago. As in the legend, the pagoda was named after the Sule Nat, a spirit that lived at the spot where the pagoda now is built. This one enshrines strands of hair from the Buddha.

Other pagodas and temples in Yangon

Yangon is home to numerous pagodas and temples of varying ages.

The Maha Wizaya pagoda, a very elegant structure on top of a hill near the Shwedagon, enshrines Buddha relics. The recently built pagoda is a mix of modern and traditional architecture. The central dome which reminds of the sacred pagodas on the plains of Bagan is adorned with colourful murals. The main stupa is open to visitors allowing them to worship the relics.

An amazing “cave” in the Maha Wizaya

An amazing “cave” in the Maha Wizaya- source: internet

The Kaba Aye pagoda was built to held the 6th council for Buddhist, 2.500 years after the Gautama Buddha passing into Nirvana. The interior walls of the pagoda are adorned with colourful murals. The building enshrines images of the four Buddhas that have reached Nirvana. Myanmar tours packages

A golden statue in Kaba Aye pagoda

A golden statue in Kaba Aye pagoda- source: internet

Near Yangon airport, the Kyauk Taw Gyi pagoda is known for its enormous marble Buddha image. It’s amazing that the image which measures 37 feet tall weighing over 600 tonnes was carved from a single piece of marble.

One of the biggest reclining Buddha images in Burma can be found at the Chauk Htat Gyi pagoda.

An “enormous” image of Buddha in Yangon

An “enormous” image of Buddha in Yangon- source: internet

The 65 meter long image is a little over a century old. The Nga Htat Gyi pagoda is across the street, enshrining a seated image of the Buddha wearing a golden robe. In 1900, the 14 meter tall image known as the “five storey Buddha” was built.

Whether you believe in Buddha or not, these pagodas will touch your mind! Come to see them by heart, you will feel peaceful.

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