After spending the morning exploring Kandawagyi Lake, we walked to Ngahtatgyi Buddha Temple, famous for it’s five story tall seated Buddha. The temple is situated in the middle of a monastery, so we walked through many housing facilities for the monks on our way to the main temple. Along the way we met a very friendly group of female monks.
The Buddha statue here was incredible. It was so ornate, and was seated in front of a giant carved wall, the details of which you could get lost looking at for hours.
We watched as a group of monks took turns getting selfies with the giant seated Buddha. This made us feel a lot more at ease taking photos and videos of our own.
The pillars surrounding the Buddha were covered in mosaic tiled mirrors.
Afterwards we walked to Paya Chaukhtatgyi, the temple that houses the world’s largest reclining Buddha. The Buddha is 66 meters long, or 217 feet and was built in 1899. The feet were really interesting, and there was a chart describing what all the symbols on the feet meant.
We then walked back to Kanadawagyi park, stopping at a restaurant “the Haven bistro” to have lunch. I had a veggie curry, and Jives had a pulled pork sandwich. I love Myanmar curry, it’s a mixture of Japanese, Indian and Thai curry, so rich in gravy flavour, but actually spicy! Plus it is so easy to be vegetarian in Myanmar.
We then walked through the park a bit more and saw a beautiful flower market.
We then went to an outdoor beer garden/ restaurant on the lake to have a few beers, before heading back to our room to re book our flight that had been cancelled…. Covid was just starting….