What is Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Festival?
The Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Festival is a four day long Buddhist holiday held in the city of Mandalay.
A curious blend of carnival style attractions and activities, and Buddhist religious ceremonies, the Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Festival is a lively event attended by thousands of Mandalay’s residents as well as pilgrims that travel from across Myanmar to participate in the event.
Over the course of the festival a lively market springs to life on the temple grounds. Hundreds of food and vendor stalls sell everything from religious iconography and traditional cuisine to household goods. The vendors and pilgrims will both donate heavily to the Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda’s alms bowls filling the vessels with money, grain, and other items that the Buddhist clergy will use to sustain themselves through the coming year. The red robbed monks lead numerous prayer rituals throughout the celebration for the hundreds of visitors that amble through the inner sanctuary of the temple.
When is Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Festival?
The Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Festival usually starts in October, but the dates can shift several weeks each year as Myanmar’s holidays are determined using a traditional lunar calendar that changes with the phases of the moon. Advance planning is recommended if you’re interested in experiencing the Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Festival so our Travel Specialists can make appropriate arrangements and confirm the festival dates well in advance of your luxury tour of Myanmar.
Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Festival Highlights:
Cultural enthusiasts find the mixture of a country carnival and devout religious event an enticing reason to visit the city of Mandalay during this ancient Buddhist festival. The lively atmosphere, complete with neon lighting and modern music, practically hums along the reverent prayers and sermons of the Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda’s red robbed clergy.
Where is Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Festival Celebrated?
The festival is held in and around the Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda located in the city of Mandalay. Mandalay is best reached by a direct flight from Yangon, and once there our guests can explore the city using our private vehicle and chauffer service.
It’s best to dress in modest attire while attending Buddhist religious ceremonies and festivals held on consecrated ground. Areas within the Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda will also require visitors to remove their shoes before entering.