If your interests as a traveller include exploring countries that have a predominant Buddhist influence then one of the places to visit would be Yangon. One of the highlights of the city is the reclining Buddha which attracts millions of tourists from across the world. The Buddha was built in 1907, however, underwent major renovation work to rectify damages.
Due to this famous landmark that’s located on Shwe Gon Daing Road, there are various tourist accommodations that have come up during the recent times. Most of the visitors to the Chaukhtatgyi Paya pick a Yangon hotel close to the world famous monument such as the Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon to avoid a lot of travelling to and fro. The head of the Buddha reaches around two and a half storeys, while the position that the Buddha is in is referred to as the Parinibbana position; it is known to be the position in which he attained enlightenment.
When you visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya you will realize that there are various fortune tellers around the statue offering to read your palms. There are devotees coming to worship the Paya every day. The Paya is open all hours of the day. The Buddha is almost 60 metres in length while diamonds and precious stones are embedded on the crown. At the feet of the Buddha, one will find inscriptions about the various lives of Buddha. There is also a small shrine to Ma Thay who is believed to be the god of rain and who protects sailors on their journey. Shweminwon Sasana Yeiktha Meditation Centre is located in the same premises and here you could find a large number of locals gathering to meditate. There are also several monasteries within the premises. Outside though there is a market selling souvenirs and other artefacts.
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