The Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha – Yangon Attractions
The The Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha is famous because of its length which is a staggering 65 meters and its shape because of the reclining position of Buddha. This enormous sculpture of Lord Buddha is placed inside the eponymous pagoda. The pagoda is located to the north of Kandawgyi Lake in a large shed. The image that we see today has been restored by a devout Buddhist when it was in bad shape. The original sculpture dates back to 1907. During the restoration work, the image was increased by 5 meters.
The Buddha is resting in a special position inside the The Chauk Htat Gyi pagoda. Buddha is shown wearing a golden robe and has his head resting on his right palm. The sculpture has a combination of colors like red lips, white face, red finger nails, blue eye shadow and golden robe. This beautiful combination of colors makes the sculpture even more stunning. Not only the shining robe but the soles of the feet of Buddha also contain patterns representing the auspicious characteristics of Lord Buddha. The pattern comprises 108 segments of red and gold ‘lakshanas’ which means personal attributes as a mark of his greatness.
The pagoda is located at a point that is easily accessible by a cab from downtown Yangon and will cost around $3-5. It is exactly located on Shwe Gon Taing Street in Tanwe Township of central Yangon which is about 3 km from the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. The Chauk Htat Gyi pagoda remains open from 6am to 8pm 7 days a week. You can enter the pagoda by paying a minimal entry fee of $5 per person. The entry fee is used for maintaining the pagoda, the sculpture and also for the local monks residing in Ashay Tawya monastery.