Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is Home to a 66-Meter Long Reclining Buddha

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda in Yangon is home to a 66-meter long reclining Buddha. It’s a massive structure of its kind – the largest one I’ve seen in Myanmar and Southeast Asia. It is worth noting that this statue was built entirely from donations.

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda
Tourist attractions in Yangon (Myanmar).

The temple doesn’t really look like a conventional Buddhist temple. It doesn’t even resemble a pagoda. Without the sacred statue, it looks like an enormous shed or warehouse.

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda Sightseeing in Yangon (Myanmar)
Sightseeing in Yangon (Myanmar)

As soon as you enter, the gigantic face of Buddha greets you.

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is Home to a 66-Meter Long  Reclining Buddha (Yangon, Myanmar).
Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is Home to a 66-Meter Long Reclining Buddha (Yangon, Myanmar).

The statue is 16 meters high so you have to look up to admire the shiny figure.

Sightseeing in Yangon (Myanmar)
Sightseeing in Yangon (Myanmar)

Buddha’s right arm supports his head.

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is Home to a 66-Meter Long  Reclining Buddha (Yangon, Myanmar).
Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is Home to a 66-Meter Long Reclining Buddha (Yangon, Myanmar).

If you notice, the reclining Buddha is embellished with bold, captivating colors! His face and body are super white. His lips are red and his eye shadows are blue.

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is Home to a 66-Meter Long Reclining Buddha
Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is Home to a 66-Meter Long Reclining Buddha (Yangon, Myanmar).

The golden robe covers his body.

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is Home to a 66-Meter Long  Reclining Buddha (Yangon, Myanmar).
ChaukHtatGyi Pagoda is Home to a 66-Meter Long Reclining Buddha (Yangon, Myanmar).

And his finger nails are painted in red.

ChaukHtatGyi Pagoda is Home to a 66-Meter Long  Reclining Buddha (Yangon, Myanmar).
ChaukHtatGyi Pagoda is Home to a 66-Meter Long Reclining Buddha (Yangon, Myanmar).

And the soles of his feet are red and they are embellished with 108 sections with images that represent the propitious attributes of the Holy Deity.

Buddhist temples Yangon
Buddhist temples in Yangon (Myanmar).

Don’t forget to read the descriptions on display if you want to know the meaning of these symbols.

Pagoda Temples in Yangon
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As you walk around, you will also find a mural that shows the life of Buddha.

murals on the life of buddha
The mural on the life of Buddha.

There are also interesting displays of cultural symbols.

Burmese cultural symbols
Tourist attractions in Yangon (Myanmar).

At the back of the statue, you will see more tiny statues. The good thing is that they have descriptions that you can read.

Tourist attractions in Yangon (Myanmar).
Tourist attractions in Yangon (Myanmar).

Surrounding the reclining statue are a number of small shrines. Each chapel is named after days of the week. I was told that devotees go to the shrine based on the day they were born.

Reclining buddha
A small replica of the reclining Buddha.

Below the huge statue is a space for worship and a makeshift altar where devotees can leave their offerings.

Buddha statue
Tourist attractions in Yangon (Myanmar).

There are monasteries surrounding the pagoda. If you have time to go around, you might be able to see monks studying Buddhist scriptures.

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is open daily from 6:00 in the morning to 8:00 in the evening.

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Cheap Stay in Old Yangon

Yangon is still pretty cheap for a backpacker. I treated myself by staying in a cheap hotel with basic necessities. I stayed at Yangon Urban Hotel which is smacked right at the center of the old downtown. The room was spacious and they clean it daily. The staff members are nice and they will try to help and answer your questions. There are many restaurants and grocery shops nearby. Breakfast was nice, too. From here, Sule Pagoda is just 7 minutes walk and 28 minutes to Botataung Pagoda/Paya. They also offer an airport pick-up with a reasonable fee. You can book it via BookingTripAdvisorHostelWorld, and Expedia.

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