10 sacred sites of Myanmar

Temples are the centre of Myanmar cultural life. Do not overlook the sacred sites of this land when you come here.


Wat Aung Sakkya: Aung Sakkya is located at the top of the hill, overlooking the horizon. The temple is 120 meters high, surrounded by thousands of other small temples. 


Kyaikhtiyo Temple: Kyaikhtiyo Temple, also known as Golden Rock Temple, is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists in Myanmar. According to legend, the stone is kept standing on the cliff wall just by a hair of the Buddha. 


Bagan: The left bank of the Irrawaddy River is hundreds of temples scattered. This is Bagan, which was the capital of Myanmar and the centre of Buddhist training. Stupa or bell-shaped dome is the architectural feature of this area. The top of the stupa represents the sacred mountain and is designed to house the relics of the saints. 


Phaung Daw Oo Temple: Phaung Daw Oo Temple is located on Inle Lake. Phaung Daw Oo Festival usually takes place in late September or October, the main activity is taking a walk around the villages and floating farms and boat racing. Each festival attracts hundreds of boats participating in the procession. 


Shwe Yaungwe Kyaung Monastery: Shwe Yaungwe Kyaung Monastery is located north of Nyaungshwe. It is in stark contrast to the golden stupas in Yangon. The temple is very different from teak wood, oval windows are quite different and a smaller temple with carefully carved statues on the wall. 


Shwedagon Pagoda: Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is glistening with golden leaves and thousands of diamonds covering the temple. This is one of the most sacred sites of Myanmar. The temple is said to have been built from the sixth century to the tenth century. However, it can be rebuilt several times because it is located in the earthquake zone. 


Kyauk Kalap Temple: Kyauk Kalap Temple seems to exist despite gravity in a small garden surrounded by mountains. The temple is located on the top of a small and tall rock, reflecting images on a calm lake. 


Hsinbyume Temple: The temple is covered with an ivory white colour and is said to simulate the legendary Mount Meru. In Buddhism, the mountain is the centre of the universe.  


Bago: This port city in southern Myanmar was once the capital of the ancient Mon kingdom. The city is known for Shwethalyaung - a huge statue of Buddha at an altitude of about 60 meters. 


Kothaung Paya Temple: Kothaung Paya Temple is located at the archaeological site of Mrauk U. This huge stone temple contains 90,000 statues and more than a hundred stupas. The numerous stone paths are carved. 

By: Stephan Swift

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