Lies at the Southwest of Mandalay, the Maha Myat Muni Pagoda is well-known for its Maha Myat Muni Buddha Image named Maha Myat Muni, or Phaya Gyi. Annually, thousands of tourists flock to the pagoda to marvel at the oldest image in Myanmar.

Maha Myat Muni Pagoda

Maha Myat Muni Pagoda

History
Monarch of Rakhine-Dharyawaddy transported the image from Rakhine State. According to historical document, the process to carry the image was difficult and challenging; it took 4 months. The Maha Myat Muni Buddha Image, the altar which is 2.13m in height, 2 bronze Siamese images, 1 bronze three-head elephants and 3 bronze lion images were carried to the pagoda. In 1784, King Bodawpaya built the pagoda in Mandalay to house the Buddha image.

Maha Myat Muni Pagoda

Maha Myat Muni Pagoda

 

 

 

 

Highlights
Being the most revered Pagoda in Mandalay, the Buddha image is also known as the Phaya Gyi. Every morning 4.30 AM, the ritual of washing the face of the Buddha’s image is carried out by monks in the pagoda at.
The crown of 4m-high seated image is covered by diamonds, rubies and sapphires. The whole image is cast in bronze of 6.5 tons.
Many pilgrims visit the pagoda and apply gold leaf to gain merit, so now; the image is covered with 15 cm thick gold.

Maha Myat Muni Pagoda

The monk touching the Buddha image and praying in Maha Myat Muni Pagoda

Travel tips
Go to the pagoda early in the morning to catch insight into the ritual.
Opening Hours: 6.00-20.00 everyday