Kyauktawgyi Temple Description:
The Kyauktawgyi Pagoda is a 19th century Buddhist temple at the foot of Mandalay Hill.
King Mindon founded the city of Mandalay in 1857 as a new royal capital of Burma (now Myanmar). Ongoing wars with British colonial forces had drained the treasury, and King Mindon had the royal palace in Amarapura dismantled to be used in the construction of Mandalay.
King Mindon named his new capital in honor of Mandalay Hill, a sight of religious pilgrimage just north of the palace. Mindon was a devout Buddhist, and as part of his development of the area into a royal capital he began building numerous religious monuments following centuries-old Burmese merit-making practices.
The Kyauktawgyi Pagoda was just one of the numerous temple structures King Mindon built over the course of his rein. Completed in 1865, the pagoda’s central feature is a 26 foot-tall sitting Buddha image carved from a single block of marble. The 900-ton statue was moved to the temple over a 14 day period by some 10,000 laborers.
Kyauktawgyi Pagoda’s sanctuary stands out it for its unique use of mirrored tiles adorning the walls and pillars of the interior.
Best Time to Visit Kyauktawgyi Temple:
The dry season from November to May has the best weather for sightseeing around Mandalay. From June to October the area has increasing chances for daily rainfall, which helps alleviate the high temperatures at the end of the summer.
How to get to Kyauktawgyi Temple:
Mandalay’s thriving, and ancient Buddhist culture is a sight that should not be missed while exploring the region on a Myanmar tour. Kyauktawgyi Pagoda’s marble sitting Buddha and golden shrine are a must-see.
Kyauktawgyi Temple Highlights:
The Kyauktawgyi Pagoda is at the base of Mandalay Hill, just behind the Mandalay Palace. Travelers on our luxury tours of Myanmar reach the city of Mandalay by a direct flight from Yangon in the south.
Travelers visiting Buddhist religious sites should cover their shoulders, arms, and knees in conservative clothing. Some areas within temples and shrines may require visitors to remove their shoes before entering.