Pyay - The Historical Site of Myanmar | For Your Lifetime Memories
Visit Pyay in Myanmar

Pyay is situated around 290 km north of Yangon and is part of Myanmar’s many ancient capitals. It is a quiet and peaceful stupa studded on the Ayeyarwedy River and is a great place to stop on a visit to Myanmar. The hilltop located in the centre of the town, is one of the biggest pilgrimage sites in Myanmar and offers panoramic views of the river and beautiful surroundings. There are also various world heritage sites which can be found nearby and are definitely worth a visit such as the ancient Pyu capital of Sri Ksetra and the distinctive Akauk Taung Buddha cliff carvings, also set on the Irrawaddy River. Another place that would be great for you to visit is Shwe Myet Man Paya or more widely known as Buddha with Golden Spectacles. You will find it on the road to Yangon and is in Shwedung. It is a very fascinating place and quite unique to some as it is said that the act of praying to Buddha images can cure diseases, especially and quite unsurprisingly any disease linked with your eyes. Akuak Taung is another great place to go as mentioned with the spectacular buddha carvings carved into the wall. Some say that these were created by the taxmen who use to stand here waiting to collect money from the passing boats. It does take some time to get there from Pyay by either hiring a motorbike or taxi (around 2 hours) but it is a great day trip and some fantastic opportunity to take some photos. The Shwesandaw festival is a good time to visit in February or March which celebrates the yearly opening of the tooth hall which is said to one of Buddhas teeth. Overall Pyay is a great location to be and to visit in Myanmar and offers some great opportunities to learn more about the Buddhist religion.

 

 

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Shwe San Daw Pagoda

The Shwe San Daw Pagoda is the landmark of Pyay. Shwe San Daw means the Golden Hair Relics. It is situated on the eastern bank of Ayeyarwaddy River and Myanmar’s most venerated structure stands here. The pagoda contains a series of five terraces, topped with a cylindrical stupa, which has a bejewelled umbrella (hti). It has a height of 127ft (39m) high and standing on the plinth making a total measurement of 290ft (88m) from the base. It was built by two merchant brothers Azzika and Phanllika with the help of King of the Dagons Etrapatha, King of the Ogres Sambhu and King of Devas Sakka on the Sudassanan Hill in Tabaung(Pisees) in 589 B.C. Enshrined within the pagoda are four strands of sacred hair as well as eight other relies of Gautama Buddha.

Shwe San Daw Pagoda
Akauk Taung

Akauk Taung

Akauk Taung is located about 19 miles downstream from Pyay. There are dozens of Buddha images at Akauk taung. The mountain is named for the crafty foll-takers from the mid-19th century, who spent the hours between taxing boats by carving reclining and meditating Buddhas into the steep cliff.

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