Kyauktawgyi Paya, Mandalay

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  • Kyauktawgyi Paya
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    THE GREAT MARBLE IMAGE
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    PLENTY TO BUY AT KYAUKTAWGYI PAGODA

    by davidjo Written Mar 12, 2016

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    As you approach the temple you will see many stalls selling souvenirs and religious items. Remember to bargain hard and compare the price at several different stalls, but once you agree a price don't walk away, as it is bad manners.

    Directions: Near the Southern entrance to Mandalay Hill

    SOUVENIRS/RELIGIOUS ITEMS THE ENTRANCE SOUVENIRS/RELIGIOUS ITEMS

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    12 M HIGH BUDDHA CARVED FROM ONE PIECE OF MARBLE

    by davidjo Written Mar 12, 2016

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    Do not miss Kyauktawgi Pagoda as there is a huge Buddha there that is 12 m high and carved from one single piece of marble. The temple is easy to find as it is very near the south entrance to Mandalay Hill. King Mindon started the construction in 1853 but it was not completed until 1878 due to an attempted rebellion in the 1860's. The temple was supposed to be a copy of the Ananda temple in Bagan but it turned out to be slightly different when it was finished. The piece of green marble that it was sculpted from came from Sagyin, 20 kms north of Mandalay. between 10 and 12,000 men took 13 days to transport the giant slab of marble to Mandalay. Don't ask me how they managed to do this , as it seems impossible. One version of the story is that 10,000 men used a canal to get the rock here but had to dig it deeper to allow the stone to float on its barge. The temple is sometimes referred to as the Great Marble Image. The corridors leading from the entrance to the pagoda glimmer with mirrored tiles which are engraved in golden accents and green grout.

    Directions: Near the Southern entrance to Mandalay Hill

    THE GREAT MARBLE IMAGE THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BUDDHA IMAGE FLOWERS IN FRONT OF BUDDHA IMAGE THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BUDDHA IMAGE
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    Kyaukthawgyi Pagoda

    by stevemt Written Feb 25, 2012

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    This pagoda, which is located at the bottom of Mandalay Hill, is home to a huge marble Buddha. The ret of the pagoda is not that inspiring, in fact it could do with a clean.

    The entrance to the Pagoda however is interesting. There are little stalls here along with craftsmen doing wood carving etc. Very interesting.

    Directions: Near the Southern entrance to Mandalay Hill

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    Kyauktawgyi Paya

    by hydronetta Written Jan 18, 2007

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    After the disappointing ancent to Mandalay Hill we started our city level sightseeing. Our first stop was Kyauktawgyi Paya, the pagoda of the “Great Marble Image,” situated near the southern entry to Mandalay Hill. This pagoda by King Mindon was not completed until 1878. The chief feature of the Kyauktawgyi Paya is huge seated Buddha figure sculpted from a single block of pale green marble. Reportedly it took 10,000-12,000 men 13 days to transport the stone block from the Ayeyarwady to the site of the pagoda where it was carved. A covered corridor leads through the garden of the arhats to the structure housing the Buddha. On each of the four sides there are twenty shrines with figures representing the arhats, the eighty Great Disciples of the Buddha. Each October one of the largest festivals is held at the Kyauktawgyi Paya.
    It is an impressive structure with thousands of mirrors creating a glooming atmosphere and it’s a rather pristine place. We had an interesting short talk with a monk there.

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    Kyauktawgyi Paya

    by elpariente Updated Jan 26, 2006

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    Amarapura

    Es un templo al que llegas despues de cruzar el puente paseando por un pueblo muy tranquilo y en el se pueden ver ademas de las imagenes pequenas de budas los frescos que hay en el techo

    You get to the temple after crossing the bridge walking in a very peacefull village and you may see on it besides the small Buddha images the frescos on the ceiling

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