New pilgrimage route: Akauktaung destination to open soon

The Ayeyawady Region Directorate of Hotels and Tourism is currently developing the Akauktaung Pilgrimage destination, which is accessible via the Yangon-Hinthada-Kyangin route.
Akauktaung is a mountain extending from Pyay District to Hinthada District, renowned for its numerous ancient Buddha images carved into the rock wall along the Ayeyawady River bank.
“Most pilgrims come from Pyay. As the mountain is situated in Kyangin, we also receive visitors from Hinthada and Kyangin. The current travel arrangement spans one night and two days,” stated an official from the Pathein branch of the directorate.
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has finalized a draft of standard operating procedures based on field studies.
The mountain offers year-round accessibility, providing complimentary accommodations and vegetarian meals for lunch and dinner from 6 am to 6 pm daily. Local and foreign tourists alike visit the mountain to admire its numerous Buddha images.
Historically, the mountain served as a toll gate for passing boats and ships. Over time, artisans carved the mountain walls, resulting in 370 Buddha images depicted in various positions: standing, sitting, and lying. Most of these Buddha images date back to the Konbaung era, with some originating from the Innwa era. — ASH/NT/ED

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