Photo: More gold leaf at Uzina.

Uzina Paya

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On another rise south of the town centre is the hilltop pagoda, Uzina.

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This is another attractively laid out temple surrounding a giant gold-leaf clad stupa and reclining Buddha image, with more sweeping views across the bay to Bilu Island.

The stupa has connecting west, south and north shrines (east is the main entrance). Have a peek at the kitsch ‘disco Buddhas’ in the northern one. According to legend the temple was constructed by a monk named Uzina who dreamt of a buried treasure located at this spot and sure enough after digging around a bit came across a fabulous stash of gems. From the proceeds he financed the construction of the temple. (Wish we could have dreams like that.)

Exiting the temple and turning right takes you a short distance to a designated viewpoint with seats to admire the vista over the Gulf of Martaban. Another fantastic sunset viewpoint. Uzina is a bit of a hike from the centre but you can make a loop by following the hilltop road from Mahamuni which links all these pagodas before descending to the Strand and taking the waterfront way back towards Myoma Jetty and the town centre.

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