Botataung Pagoda is nestled in the south of Yangon, on the Botahtaung Paya Road, face Yangon River.
The name Botataung means 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha brought over to Yangon from India more than 2000 years old. It is said that the relics were enshrined in the pagoda, then, transmitted to the other pagoda. The pagoda was constructed at the same time as Shwedagon Pagoda and Sule Pagoda.
Structure of Botahtaung Pagoda
The pagoda is 131 feet and 8 inches tall and stands on a base of 96 ft. x 96 ft. It was designed as “Mon” style. What makes the pagoda special is the umbrella or the top of the pagoda is a unique and different conventional style.
It is famed for its hollow inside allowing visitors can walk through the pagoda. There are glass containers showcasing a good collection of ancient relics and artifacts that were sealed inside the earlier pagoda.
Festivals & Event
Annually, during the dry season, the pagoda attracts many influxes of tourists coming to Yangon to take part in the pagoda festival. A number of activities and contests are held in the festival such as the weaving contest or cooking contest Htamane. Htamane is the cooking test which participants have to cook traditional foods from sticky rice with nuts and coconut.
Botahtaung Pagoda Renovation
In World War II, the pagoda was destroyed by Allied bombing. After WWII, the pagoda was rebuilt and designed. The relics are showcased in the glass container. Plus, in the pagoda, there are more silver, bronze, and alabaster Buddha images.
New pagodas and various religious objects are designed on the precincts of the pagoda.
Opening Hours: 6.00-18.00 daily
Admission Fees: US$3 per person
Location: Corner of Strand Road and Botahtaung Pagoda Road, Kanna Block, Botahtaung Township, Yangon
Near the pagoda, on the left side, Ahma Mya Nan Nwe is the worship place for the Spiritual Being that can be visited along with this destination in tours Yangon.