Mahamuni Paya

Mahamuni Paya

The town’s largest monastery/temple

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The northernmost of the string of five hilltop pagodas overlooking the centre of town, Mahamuni Pagoda is the largest and most prestigious.
Travelfish says:

Though undoubtedly a sacred site for some time, most of the Mon-style temple complex you see today dates from the early 20th century, including the replica of the famous Buddha image in the Mandalay pagoda of the same name.

This is an attractive sight, with plenty of gold leaf and great views. Early mornings and late afternoons are obviously the prime times to visit. Views over the gulf aren’t as good as Kyaik Than Lan but northward vistas over the Than Lwin River and inland more than compensate.

Transport information

It's an easy walk from the town centre – head up the hill past the prison and it's on your left.

Contact details for Mahamuni Paya

Coordinates (for GPS): 97º37'37.98" E, 16º29'32.74" N
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Admission: Free

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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