Ye le Pagoda

The Pagoda

Youle Pagoda - Holy Pagoda Island on the water! Visiting the Kyaik Hmaw Wun Pagoda or Island Pagoda The Kyauktan Ye Le Pagode is one of the most beautiful places in Yangon. The church is known in formal terms as "Kyaikhmawwun Ye Le Pagode" and was constructed with Buddha's reliquaries inside. Situated on a small islet in Hmaw Wun Creek, a creek of the Yangon River in the Kyauktan Township, Yangon region. You can only get into the pagoda by barge.

Foreign nationals have to take a "bigger boat" that is different from the smaller ones that the natives take along for "security reasons". Boats cost 200 kyat for natives and 5 US$ for aliens in both directions. Pagoda is open daily from 6:00 to 18:00. There are many different types of footwear on the pagoda deck, so you have to take off your boots and boots in the ferry.

All around the small isle there are a lot of catfishes awaiting nourishment. The pagoda Yele Pagode near Kyauktan means the pagoda in the middle flow on a lateritriff. This pagoda is also known as the Kyaik Mhaw Won Pagoda. This pagoda was erected by Zeyasana, the 7th Pada Dynasty kingdom, in the third cent. BC.

It was only 11 feet high. The first worship of Kyauktan Ye Le Pagode took place in 1857 in East Mingala Village Monastery, Kyauktan Township. However, it was relocated to the small islet of Hmaw Wun Creek, a creek of Yangon, in 1939 and restored in 1948.

Surprisingly, Kyauktan Ye Le Pagods is never flooded with flood waters, no matter how high the flood, and there is always enough room for all people, no matter how full the pagoda pod. The pagoda platforms house the church, which was built more than 2,000 years ago.

This pagoda contains a splendid gold Buddha picture in a small, elaborately ornamented room. They can pay tribute in every pagoda. The pagoda deck will show you most of the locals making sacrifices to the Nat, and you will also see homes with kids who like to feed the near-by pagoda feed. The Thanlyin is on the other side of the Yangon riverbank, so a cab from the city centre to Thanlyin should be about $6 for one way.

You can also take the Kyauktan Island Pagoda bus for 500 Kyats. There is one near Tamwe Bazar and another near Sule Pagoda for those who go directly to Kyakuktan Island Pagoda. What's marvellous is that you can go to Kyaik Khauk Paya and National Races Village the same date you go to Kyauktan Island Pagoda as they are on their way to Kyauntan Island Pagoda.

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