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Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda
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      The Chaukhtatgyi Paya paya or is a pagoda six stories high in the city of Yangon , the former capital of Burma . It is especially known because within it lies a giant image of a Buddha reclining. It is one of the larger images of the entire country.
      The original statue was constructed in 1907 on behalf of a merchant named Sir-Phoe Tha. The weather conditions were deteriorating image gradually and 1957 it was decided to demolish it and build a new one. The work was completed in 1966. The construction was funded entirely by private donations. The original image size was 59.30 meters long and 30.4 meters high. But in a reconstruction made ??in 1973 size to the current 65.85 meters long can I expand.

      Around the pagoda are various monasteries that house about 600 monks. The monks are dedicated to studying the scriptures Buddhist and maintained thanks to the financial contributions of the faithful.
      Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is located on Shwe Gon Taing Road. Tamwe Township. Yangon. Similar ones are Ngar Htat Gyi Buddha (5-Storey-High Buddha) and Koe Htat Gyi Buddha (9-Storey-High Buddha). Chauk Htat Gyi is the 6-Storey-High Buddha Image.
      The very impressive 65 meters long and 16 meters high Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha image is wearing a golden robe; the right arm of the Buddha is supporting the back of the head. The Reclining Buddha image is decorated with very expressive colors, white face, red lips, blue eye shadow, golden robe and red finger nails.

      The soles of the feet contain 108 segments in red and gold colors that show images representing the 108 lakshanas or auspicious characteristics of the Buddha.
      Buddhist people pay their respect to the Reclining Buddha burning incense sticks and offering flowers. Around the Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha image is a number of shrines, one for each of the eight days of the week in Asian astrology (Wednesday is split in two days). Local people pray to the shrine belonging to the day of their birth.
      A few inscribed plaques in English and Burmese contain information about Buddhism and the teachings of the Buddha.

      A similar very large Reclining Buddha, but in a slightly different pose is the Shwethalyaung Buddha in the town of Bago, North of Yangon.
      Around the pagoda are several monasteries. In the Ashay Tawya monastery hundreds of monks study the teachings of the Buddha.
      Just across the street from the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is another temple, the Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda that contains another huge Buddha image, a seated one, wearing a golden robe.
      This temple also contains a mural of a long line of followers of the Buddha, with the Buddha and the first few of his followers appearing to come out of the painting.

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