Myanmar : Chauk-htat-gyi Buddha Temple – Reclining Buddha in Yangon

During my recent trip to Myanmar I have visited several reclining Buddha and one of them are in Yangon city – the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda. The reclining Buddha in Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is huge which measure 65 meters long & 16 meters high as compared to the Bago Reclining Buddha which is slightly smaller. This site would be the second most popular site after Shwedagon Pagoda.

Too bad the reclining Buddha is under maintenance in September this year during my visit so there is no good picture about this beautiful Buddha image.

The original of the reclining Buddha is wearing the golden robe but since it is under maintenance, you see black all over. What made the reclining Buddha here so special is the make up used on the face of the Buddha. Even it is under maintenance, you are still able to see the very white face, red lips, blue eye shadow and red finger nails.

Workers are doing some maintenance at the Buddha body.

There are plenty of detail on the foot of the reclining Buddha and each symbols represent something and all are being stated at the board next to it.

Thai tourists are the majority here!

Even though the temple is still under maintenance, there are still other groups of visitors visiting.  I notice there are many visitors from their neighboring country such as Thailand. Thais visitors are also devoted Buddhist so it is quite common to spot them paying respect at the reclining Buddha and other temple pagodas around Yangon & Bago.

Incense Sticks & Flowers

Buddhist people usually pay their respect to the Reclining Buddha with burning incense sticks and offering flowers. You can purchase the incense sticks and flowers outside the temple.

Outside the temple pagoda, there are several stalls selling local souvenirs such as cheap jade, Thanaka powder (the yellowish power for face) and some other trinkets.  Do bargain before you pay.

Free the Caged Birds

At the entrance of to the temple pagoda, you see caged birds. These caged birds are not for eating but you can buy from the cage-owners and released them and at the same time make a wish for health or good luck. Each bird cost about 500 Kyat (USD$0.30) each to be free. It is so sad to see the cage-owners taking advantage of the Buddhist practice and making money from these poor little birds.

Others tips 

There is no entrance fees to enter the temple. However no shoes, no socks and shoulders & knees needed to cover up, including men.

Bring along some wet tissues as you will need to clean your feet after walking at the pagoda. There are wet birds’ poo that you may accidentally step on to.

Final thoughts :

The reclining Buddha in Chauk-htat-gyi Buddha Temple Yangon is huge and it has very heavy make up; white face, red lipstick, blue eye shadow and red fingers.  It is one of the most beautiful reclining Buddha I have ever seen but I still prefer the reclining Buddha with little make up as it appear more natural and friendly looking.

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27 Replies to “Myanmar : Chauk-htat-gyi Buddha Temple – Reclining Buddha in Yangon”

  1. I have read a lot of good travel stories about Myanmar and this is one of them. Rich in history and culture are one of the reason why this place is so appealing to me. Thanks for the great tour even on just pictures.

  2. What a beautiful post, I have never been but would love to visit. I especially like free the caged birds. I love the concept of letting them go and making a wish. I was a little sad though, thinking they might need fewer birds in the cages. Most of all I would love to see the reclining Bhuda up close.

  3. I’m with you on feeling sorry for the poor little birds. I would definitely buy some to set free; not because I believe in the ritual, but because I would want them to be rescued.

  4. What an awesome destination! I, too, am a little sad for the birds in the cages. Such a shame to do that for profit, ritual or not.

  5. This temple looks like a beautiful place to visit!! Even though it’s under maintenance you can still see the beautiful face!!

    1. Dear Kimberly,

      Yangon Reclining Buddha is full of history, first built in 1907 but later there are few restoration and one done in 1966 and additional 5 meter long were added. There is a similar reclining Buddha indoor at Bago city, about 2 hours drive from Yangon too, it is called Shwethalyaung Buddha. Pretty much the same as this one. Both situated indoor.

    1. Dear Lavandamichelle,

      I love how there are several small shops nearby selling souvenirs, do remember to look for small trinkets there. I find souvenirs sold near the temple is cheaper at the Scott Market Yangon.

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