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.
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.
You may like :
- Shwedagon Pagoda
- Bago Reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha (Indoor)
- St. Mary’s Cathedral Yangon
- Dinner & Cultural Show in Karaweik Palace Yangon
- The Circular Train Yangon
- The Colonial Buildings & Sule Pagoda