Ancient Temples of Yangon

By Viator, August 2015

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The former capital of Burma is a city rich in history and culture, but Yangon is also considered a Mecca for travelers who want to explore Buddhist culture, visit religious temples and tour world-class pagodas. Yangon is home to several that make a stop in this city truly worth the trip.

Kaba Aye Pagoda

Known as the World Peace Pagoda, this structure was built in 1952 as part of the Sixth Buddhist Council. Despite its recent construction and relatively small size, this temple has a very real place in local religious history. Tin addition to the original pagoda, there is also a nearby replica of India’s Satta Panni cave, where the first Buddhist council was held.

Shwedagon Pagoda (Shwedagon Paya)

The steeple of this lavish pagoda is encrusted with thousands of diamonds. It has a golden gild and enshrined artifacts from former Buddhas, which makes it one of the most-visited religious temples in the country.

Maha Wizaya Pagoda

Built in 1980, this modern temple is located just south of Shwedagon Pagoda and holds artifacts donated by the King of Nepal. The temple pays homage to an important religious meeting where the government regulatory body for monks was formed.

Chaukhtatgyi Paya (Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha)

A 65-meter reclining Buddha with 108 intricately etched lakshanas representing each of the noble character traits of the religious figure attracts travelers and monks alike to this temple in the Tamwe Township of Yangon.

Botataung Pagoda

Located in the heart of Yangon, this golden temple was completely destroyed during World War II. It was rebuilt with its original splendor and today houses the sacred hair of Guatama Buddha.

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