Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha – Kyaik Pun Pagoda

Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha - Kyaik Pun Pagoda

Ancient Capital of Myanmar – Bago / Pegu

Bago is one of the historical town you cannot missed when you travel to Yangon Myanmar. Bago also known as Pegu (old name), just 2 hours drive from Yangon city. A day trip is highly recommended for anyone who wish to learn about this ancient capital city of Myanmar. As the facilities in Bago is still very poor, you are still advised to stay in Yangon and do a day trip.

Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha - Kyaik Pun Pagoda

There are 4 important historical sites in Bago and one of them is Kyaik Pun Pagoda also known as the 4 seated Buddha. The 4 seated Buddhas seated in four angles, sitting back to back to four directions. It was a rainy afternoon but 4 seated Buddhas still can be seen clearly from afar.

Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha - Kyaik Pun Pagoda

We were welcomed by a bunch of brown dogs lazing around on the hallway on the way up the pagoda temple. They look gentle and don’t get too bothered by the noisy tourists.

Bago archeological zone ticket

Show your Bago archeological zone ticket 10,000 kyatt (USD 10.00) at the entrance. The small table at my left, lady in pink will ask you to show ticket and give a stamp on your ticket. Bago archeological zone ticket is a ticket for 4 sites around in Bago.

Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha - Kyaik Pun Pagoda

The Thai Tourists

When you visit Myanmar, you notice huge tourists group coming from Thailand for religion purposes. Over here in Kyaik Pun Pagoda you will witness the Thais admired their devotion to Buddhism. Flowers and incense sticks can be seen offered generously to the 4 Seated Buddhas.

Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha - Kyaik Pun Pagoda

Myanmar & Thai Love Hate Relationships

About some history for Thai and Myanmar relationship, one of the most famous King of Myanmar, King Bayintnaung who founded the Second Burmese Empire invaded Ayutthaya Thai and has strong historical connection with Thailand because King Bayintnaung also kidnapped the Thai Princess and brought her back to Bago/Pegu and stayed in Kanbawzathadi Palace. Nowadays Thai tourists love to visit Bago as they wanted to pay respect to their Thai Princess regarded as a heroine who sacrificed herself for her homeland.

Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha - Kyaik Pun Pagoda

4 Buddhas with Slightly Different Look

The 4 Buddhas look slightly different and with different expression, pay extra attention to their lips. All has its own unique shape.

Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha - Kyaik Pun Pagoda

As Tall as 6  Floor Houses

The 4 seated Buddha  look very big when you go near, it is as high as 6 floor houses. It was originally built by King Migadippa of Bago in the 7th Century AD.

Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha - Kyaik Pun Pagoda

Best Picture Shot

The best picture shot you can take is from a corner catching two Buddha at a time. The space near the 4 Seated Buddha aren’t that spacious.

Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha - Kyaik Pun Pagoda

Affection of bells in Myanmar

You are able to see the affection of bells in Myanmar, especially in the temple pagoda. Dozens of little bells hanging around in the temple complex. Smaller bells usually hang together and a huge bell would stand alone.

Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha - Kyaik Pun Pagoda

Owls in Myanmar – “Zee Kwet”

At the entrance, there are souvenirs that you can buy back. Many woodcraft souvenirs can be found and I have chosen a pair of owls. Owls in Myanmar meant to bring in good luck, just like the Japanese maneki neko, the cat. Owl in Myanmar are called Zee Kwet in Burmese and usually in pair, male and female. People place the owls outside the house to protect the family.

Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha - Kyaik Pun Pagoda

The lady with Thanaka painted face is wrapping the pair of owls for me to bring back. (below picture)

Thanaka Powder

Thanaka is the yellow powder applied in most Burmese ladies and children’s faces.  It is said the natural ingredient from the barks of the tree have the chilling effect for hot and humid weather.

Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha - Kyaik Pun Pagoda

Final thoughts :

Half an hour is good enough to explore the 4 Seated Buddhas – Kyaik Pun Pagoda.  All 4 Buddhas look slightly different with different expression, pay extra attention to their lips.

Like the rest of temple complexes in Myanmar, the attire is no sleeveless, no shoes, no socks and knee-length pant and skirts.

Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha - Kyaik Pun Pagoda

Other attractions in Bago :

 

19 Replies to “Myanmar Bago : 4 Seated Buddha – Kyaik Pun Pagoda”

    1. Dear Vegan Zebra,

      Glad you like those pictures. It is hard to shoot pictures with the 4 seated buddha as they are quite huge and sitting back to back. The best angle is taking two at a corner.

  1. Wow this place is so beautiful! I’m sure the pictures do not do it justice:) How amazing to see it in person! Hopefully I can visit here someday!

    1. Dear Chelsea,

      The rain stopped when we were at the temple of 4 seated Buddha. The floor was wet and we have to walk on barefoot, that was the uncomfortable part for me. Not really use to walk in barefooted outdoor. 🙂

    1. Dear Lisa,

      Myanmar is not as developed as other countries in Southeast Asia such as Thailand and Vietnam. However, it has plenty of temple pagodas and friendly people in this beautiful country.

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