Chaukhtatgyi Paya Yangon – Yangon Attraction
Chaukhtatgyi Paya is located on the north-eastern side of the Shwedagon Pagoda and is home to the reclining Buddha. It is one of the most revered sites in Yangon. The paya is a huge structure made of metal that has been designed to protect the Buddha from the external elements. Chaukhtatgyi Paya is open throughout the day and you can catch a glimpse of the Buddha without having to pay an admission fee.
Placed on a giant platform horizontally, the statue of the reclining Buddha is almost 60m long and 30 m tall and draped in a golden robe. It is studded with precious stones and diamonds. The sight of the Buddha lying across the platform is quite a delightful experience for visitors. After you have walked through the entire length of the statue you can see the inscriptions in gold on Buddha’s feet which describe the several lives of the Buddha.
The original statue was completed in 1907. However, over the years, the structure was damaged and needed repair. That is when a devout follower went ahead and restored it. It was only during the renovation work in 1966 that the statue was extended by 5 meters. The money need to complete the work was donated by Buddhists and even some foreign tourists. The names of all those who contributed are inscribed on the beams.
This overwhelming structure is sure to take your breath away, given its enormity. So if you are in Yangon, do include Chaukhtatgyi Paya in your itinerary.