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Chaukhtatgyi Paya (Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple)
Chaukhtatgyi Paya (Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple)

Chaukhtatgyi Paya (Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple)

6am-8pm
Chauk Htat Gyi Pavillion, Yangon

The basics

The reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Paya is an important destination for Buddhists in Myanmar, and it’s likely that you’ll share the site with more monks than tourists. While Chaukhtatgyi Paya isn’t as famous as some of Yangon’s other temples, it’s an included stop on some tours of the city. Since the Yangon Circular Railway passes nearby, it can be visited while exploring Yangon by train, whether on your own or as part of a guided tour.

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Things to know before you go

  • Great for travelers interested in art and Myanmar’s Theravada Buddhist traditions.
  • Visitors must remove their shoes, so plan to wear something that’s easy to slip off.
  • Modest dress is a respectful choice here—keep shoulders and knees covered.
  • Some visitors have encountered fake “monks” asking for donations. Instead, donations can be placed in official boxes within the temple.
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How to get there

Chaukhtatgyi Paya is located on Shwegondaing Road, north of downtown Yangon. If you’re visiting with a tour, they’ll take care of transport; otherwise, it’s possible to travel from the center by taxi. Alternatively, use the Yangon Circular Railway to reach Myitta Nyunt Railway Station. From there, it’s a 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) walk or taxi ride to Chaukhtatgyi Paya.

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When to get there

Mornings are especially quiet at Chaukhtatgyi Paya, but there’s no bad time to visit, since it’s rare for the site to be crowded. On festival days, you’ll find local crowds, and a chance to see the temple come alive with a festive spirit.

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Visiting Buddhist Temples in Myanmar

Observing a few rules of etiquette can ensure your trip is respectful of local traditions. Keep in mind that you’ll need to remove your shoes inside temples, and that modest dress is a good idea—try for clothing that covers both shoulders and knees. Avoid pointing your feet at images of the Buddha, and never touch them. Women should also avoid touching Buddhist monks.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Chaukhtatgyi Paya (Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple)?
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Attractions near Chaukhtatgyi Paya (Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple):
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What else should I know about attractions in Yangon?
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