Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda Description:
The Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda houses a 46-foot-tall sitting Buddha statue.
The massive, alabaster Buddha image is wrapped in a finely detailed set of gold clothing. The statue sits on a raised platform in the center of the 5-tiered pagoda. The large interior of the pagoda is filled with murals, statues, and smaller shrines. A section of the interior is devoted to depictions of sinners in Buddhist hell. One of the pagoda’s best known murals is of a long line of Buddhist monks that appear to be emerging from the wall to follow in the footsteps of a Buddha statue.
The Nga Htat Gyi 5-story Buddha’s raiment and size set it apart from other Buddha images in Myanmar. Adorning Buddha statues in golden clothing is a practice readily found in Thailand, but it is seldom done in Myanmar.
The pagoda is inside the Ashay Tawya Monastery complex, and adjacent to the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda that houses 213 foot-long reclining Buddha image.
Best Time to Visit Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda:
The best weather for sightseeing in Yangon is during the dry, temperate months between November and May. Seasonal rains between June and October cool the city and surrounding countryside considerably.
How to get to Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda:
Nga Htat Gyi is one of the most revered Buddhist temples and shrines located throughout Yangon. Buddhism has played a significant role in the shaping of Myanmar’s modern politics, and visiting the numerous religious shrines in the city helps our guests better understand the country’s recent past and political turmoil.
Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda Highlights:
The Nga Htat Gyi is located in Yangon’s northern suburbs. It can be reached by guests on our luxury tours of Myanmar via our private vehicle services after exploring Yangon’s downtown area.
When visiting Buddhist shrines and temples it’s best to dress conservatively in clothing that covers shoulders to knees in keeping with Buddhist traditions of modesty.