Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha is located within the grounds of Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda in the Bahan Township district of Yangon in Myanmar. The Reclining Buddha Statue is a popular place of worship for Myanmar Buddhists and as well of one of the most visited tourist attractions in Yangon.
About Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha
The Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha was constructed over an 8 year period from 1899 to 1907. The original statute, however, fell in a state of disrepair over the next 50 years and during the 1950s extensive renovation work was done to the Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha extending its length, detailing and most notably changes to the statue’s face, which was originally modelled with a very ‘un-Buddhist’ angry face.
Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha in Yangon
The Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha is now 66 metres long. 17 metres high, with glass eyes measuring 1.77 metres by 0.58 metres. Each of the colossal soles of the statue are split in 108 segments with symbols representing the 108 characteristics of the Lord Buddha. The Reclining Buddha is housed within a separate metal structure with an open side which looks like an industrial facility in the grounds of the more elegant Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, which is a 6 tiered pagoda worth visiting at the same time as the more famous Reclining Buddha.
Head of the Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha
Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda and its Reclining Buddha are open daily from 06:00 to 20:00 and the entrance fee is $5. Most foreign visitors choose to travel to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda by taxi, which should cost from $3 to $5 from Yangon Central Railway Station. You can also reach Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda much more cheaply by public bus services on bus lines 38, 48, 50, 235, and 255, however, check that the bus you take is going in the right direction as buses travel two ways on all lines in Yangon.
Location of Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda
Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is 4.8 km by road from Yangon Central Railway Station.
Travel to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda
Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is located near Yangon. Follow the links below for information about travel to Yangon: