What is Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival?
The Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival is a traditional Buddhist holiday held on temple grounds.
Kaunghmudaw Pagoda is one of the most venerated temples in Central Myanmar, during the five day festival the area within and around the compound erupts into a carnival style celebration. Farmers poor in from the countryside in ox-drawn carts carrying produce, and hand crafted goods to sell at the market that springs up on the festival grounds. The market has hundreds of stalls selling hand woven mats and baskets, fresh produce, religious iconography, and even house hold goods. Portions of the profit from the festival market are donated to the Kaunghmudaw Pagoda for the maintenance of the temple and to support the red robbed clergy that performs the Buddhist rituals that accompany the festive air that permeates the area.
When is Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival?
October is usually when the Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival is held, but the exact dates are determined by Myanmar’s traditional lunar calendar which can shift the festival times several weeks with the phases of the moon. By planning in advance our Travel Specialists can make the pertinent arrangements to add the Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival as an extension to your luxury tour of Myanmar.
Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival Highlights:
Cultural enthusiasts love the chance to witness how the Buddhist religion permeates Myanmar’s social fabric. The festive atmosphere of Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival mixes with the reverent ministrations of the Buddhist monks and pilgrims in a unique cocktail that should not be missed while on a Myanmar tour.
Where is Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival Celebrated?
The Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival takes place at the village of Sagaing across the Ayeyarwady River from Mandalay. After departing from Yangon on a direct flight to Mandalay, Sagaing can be reached by a quick ferry across the river.
Buddhist temples, shrines, and monasteries have a strict dress code requiring visitors to wear clothing that covers shoulders, arms, and knees in keeping with traditions of modesty. Areas within the Buddhist compound will also require visitors to remove their shoes before entering.