At Nga Htat Gyi Temple, a colossal statue of a seated Buddha awaits you. Only a few people visit this Buddhist temple which I think you should never miss.
Though the pagoda is a bit far from downtown Yangon, it is reachable via Grab taxi.
Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda is just a few steps from the more well-known Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda that houses the massive reclining Buddha. So, if you visit the latter, take time to walk down to Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. 🙂
Obviously, the crowd-drawer in this temple is the 14-meter tall statue of Buddha.
The sacred statue is housed in an iron pavilion with a local architectural style.
Inside is a bit dark, but I think it’s quite intentional – for dramatic purposes.
As soon as you go in, your attention brings you right away to the seated Buddha.
And it’s actually quite mesmerizing.
On Buddha’s head is a coned-shaped golden crown embellished with shiny stones.
All the ornaments that embellished the statue seem gold that glitters all throughout the place.
Temple visitors are allowed to go around the back of the statue. There wasn’t really much light there so I didn’t see much. The back area was also not well-kept.
On both sides of the statue, you will find this interesting painting of Buddhist followers that looks like they’re coming out of the wall.
Also, take time to admire an enormous bell from ancient times.
There are also some other statues inside the temple.
Nga Htat Gyi Temple is open from 6 in the morning to 8 in the evening.
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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 Booking, TripAdvisor, HostelWorld, and Expedia.