Kaba Aye Pagoda Description:
The Kaba Aye Pagoda is a Buddhist shrine complex built in 1952 to host the Sixth Buddhist Council.
The 111-foot-high Kaba Aye Pagoda was built in conjunction with the adjacent Maha Pasana Guha (great cave) to host monks from India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Nepal. The pagoda’s stupa is hollow, and each of its five gateways has a Buddha image standing guard at the entrance. The center holds a silver-cast image of Buddha.
Adjacent to the Kaba Aye Pagoda, the Maha Pasana Guha is an artificial cave complex built to resemble the Satta Panni where the first Buddhist Council was held in 543 BC after Buddha’s death and attainment of the final stage of enlightenment. The main chamber can hold upwards of 10,000 people, and large religious ceremonies are often held inside.
The first Prime Minster of Burma (now Myanmar), U Nu, was a devout Buddhist, and as part of his efforts to make Buddhism the state religion he convened the Sixth Buddhist Council in Yangon (Rangoon) in 1954. Some 2,500 monks from 8 countries spent two years analyzing and codifying the Pali Canon, the Theravada Buddhist scripture first written in 29 BC, for modern printing in multiple languages. The council concluded in 1956 marking what is believed to be the 2,500 year anniversary of Buddha’s enlightenment.
Best Time to Visit Kaba Aye Pagoda:
Myanmar’s weather is the best between November and May during the dry season. From June to October, seasonal rainfall provides refreshing relief from the high temperatures of the late summer, and revives the natural beauty of the countryside.
How to get to Kaba Aye Pagoda:
The Kaba Aye is not even half as old as the next youngest pagoda in Yangon, but its short history is marked by one of the most important meetings of Buddhist minds in the last century. The work produced by some 2,500 monks of varying nations is the basis used for most modern texts for the school of Theravada Buddhism.
Kaba Aye Pagoda Highlights:
The Kaba Aye Pagoda is located in the northern portion of Yangon in Mayangon Township. Guests on our luxury Myanmar tours reach the shrine complex by private vehicle departing from the city’s center.
Kaba Aye is an active worship center, and visitors should dress conservatively in clothing that covers their shoulders, arms, and knees while visiting the shrine. Areas within the compound may also require visitors to remove their shoes before entering.