Kyauktawgyi with unique design and murals

Kyauktawgyi Pagoda is famous for its large Buddha Image.  Photo: Nway Nadi (Myitnge)
Kyauktawgyi Pagoda is famous for its large Buddha Image.  Photo: Nway Nadi (Myitnge)

Kyauktawgyi Pagoda where a large Buddha Image carved from a single alabaster boulder is placed has been an attractive tourism site for years.
Located near the famous teak bridge crossing Taungthaman Lake in Amarapura, Kyauktawgyi Pagoda is a showcase of exotic Myanmar traditional designs and murals.
Its design is a remake of Bagan’s renowned Annada Temple whose design according to legend was created by arahants or the perfect persons who have attained Nirvana.
King Bagan and his royal family along with court ministers and regional administrators enshrined holy objects in the pagoda named “Maha Thetkyaranthi” nearly 170 years ago. At the sacred umbrella hoisting ceremony held the same year, 41 male and female prisoners under death row were pardoned.
The rear archway of the pagoda known mostly as Kyauktawgyi for its large white Buddha Image has two doors. The left-side door is opened when the Image is under renovation, but the right-side door is always closed as it leads to maze.
So come, visit the pagoda and admire its unique architecture and murals. —Nway Nadi (Myitnge)

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