Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda
Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda is one of the largest marble Buddha Images in Myanmar. People around Myanmar come to visit the pagoda with amazing feeling because there are so many different things to catch the visitor’s heart. Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda is 37 feet in height, 24 feet in width and 11 feet in thickness. It is placed in a large glass enclosure to protect it from the elements.
Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda is located on top of Mindhama Hill near Yangon Airport in Mayangone Township. The Buddah Image was carried from Sagyin Hill, Madaya Township in Mandalay Region on July 10, 2000, and reached its current location on September 9, 2000. It is also known well as “loka Chantha Abhaya Labha Muni” and is the only Marble Buddha Image in Yangon, Lower Myanmar. There are four Marble Buddha Images similar to Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda in Upper Myanmar.
Kyauk Taw Gyi Paoga was built with thirty two distinctive features or signs on the persons of the Buddha and the eighty detailed characteristic signs on the persons of Buddha according to Great Monks’ directive. Due to its size, it was very difficult to transport the Buddha Image to Yangon from Mandalay. The story of the journey of LOKA CHANTHA ABHAYA LABHAMUNI BUDDHA IMAGE was inscribed on the stone obelisk with four languages: Myanmar, English, Oriental(Parli) and Thet-Ka-Ta.
There are two stairways to reach the Pagoda, each 24 feet in width, 246 feet in length and surrounded by greenish trees, shady trees and other flowering plants. At the entrance of each stairway there are two large lions carving that are 36 feet in height. Visitors can be take a rest under the shady tree and can make the observation to the amazing large bowl for food and the distinguishing marks on the soles of the Buddha. And you will behold another Buddha Image and small stupa such as Yarazar Muni Buddha Image, Dhapanet Stupa, Aung Chan Thar Stupa and Nat Lu Chan Thar Stupa on the platform of Pagoda.
Many foreigners come to make observation to the pagoda, especially the large bowl for food which is in front of Buddha Temple. That bowl is 9 feet 4 inches in height and extent 6 feet 3 inches and people use it to donate rice to many monks. In the history book about Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda, it is described that people who use that food bowl in donating to the the one thousand monks in the first Buddha Puzeniya Celebration. In the back of temple, there are two small temples where the distinguishing marks on the soles of the Buddha are also built.
Note that visitors are prohibited from wearing strapless or wide neck tops, short pants, low waist pants, shoes, socks, mini skirt, crop top and tank tops. Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda is located near Yangon Airpor and can be reached easily by taxi or by bus. Buses will stop at the Kyauk Taw Gyi Bus stop and then it is about a 15 minutes or 20 minutes walk to the Pagoda.