Maha Myut Muni Pagoda
The Maha Myat Muni Pagoda is the most sacred pagoda in all of Myanmar because it houses the most revered Buddha image in all of the country.
It’s called the Maha Myat Muni Buddha, literally the “Great Sage.” It is the most ancient one and believed to have been cast during Buddha’s ministry. The image is 4 metres high and is cast in bronze with a weight of 6.5 tons. The Buddha is seated in a position called the Bhumisparsa Mudra, which is symbolic of his vanquishing of the Mara – his demonic opposition. Its crown glitters with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires.
The pagoda is not limited to only one highlight. Surrounding it are inscription stones made from gilded marble and sandstone collected by King Bodawpaya during his reign. There’s also a Mahamuni museum that displays Buddhism relics throughout Asia. Nature is also part of this beautiful spectacle – you can find a water tank dedicated to fish and turtles that pilgrims visiting the place can then feed.
Maha Myut Pagoda is located in downtown Malanday, between 82nd and 84th street.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily. You can visit here from 7:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the pagoda is USD 4 per person.
How to Get There
- Fly to Mandalay via Myanmar Airlines.
- From the airport, board a taxi to the city proper.
- From the city centre, rent an e-bike, a motorcycle or a taxi to Maha Myut Muni Pagoda.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this area is one hour.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Avoid the visiting crowd by visiting between 9:00 and 11:00.
Dining options around the area include Golden Palace Restaurant, Mogok Daw Shan, Central Park, Ko’s Kitchen, Golden Duck, Indian Tadka Mandalay, and Aung Lin Restaurant.
- Kutho Daw Pagoda
- Sanda Muni Paya
- Mandalay Hill
- Mandalay Marionette Theater
Accommodation in Mandalay can be availed from Hotel Mandalay, Hotel 76, Hotel A1, Mandalay City Hotel, and Ayarwaddy River View Hotel. Rates range from USD 22 to USD 58.