Kyaik-Khauk Paya is beautiful pagoda and is a popular tourist attraction in Thanlyin. It is located at the meeting point of the Bago and Yangon Rivers to be precise. At the south of Thanlyin there is a ridge known as Utaringa Kon according to historical evidences, but is called the Shin Mwe Nun Kon by the local residents. Here on this ridge lies this beautiful pagoda. The pagoda is like a royal golden stupa and is situated close to the famous Shwe Dagon pagoda, Yangon.
Kyaik-Khauk Paya Pagoda is a well known spiritual and religious hotspot in Thanlyin, which harbors some of the archaic colonial buildings that dates back to the British Raj. This has left a colonial feel to the architecture and the overall ambience. In terms of its history, the pagoda is said to been here for the past 2000 years or more. Over the years there has been several renovation works done that helped to enlarge the pagoda. The temple area is kept open for local visitors and foreign travelers akin to all other Burmese temples. People need to remove their shoes and socks to walk in. Visitors can reach this pagoda within half an hour travelling by car from Thanlyin.
Kyaik-Khauk Paya Pagoda is a place of historical significance. Its history dates back to the rule of Emperor Ashoka and when Gautama Buddha breathed his last. Buddha’s Teachings and the Third Buddhist Council is closely linked to this pagoda in terms of its architecture and essence. Over the years the pagoda has evolved as one of the preferred hubs for Buddhist tourism. Every year Buddhist monks and people belonging to the Buddhist faith visit this pagoda from round the globe.