Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple

Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple is located in Myanmar
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple
Shown within Myanmar
Basic information
LocationBahan Township, Yangon, Yangon Region
Geographic coordinates16°48′42″N 96°09′50″E / 16°48′42″N 96°09′50″E / 16.811623; 96.163764
AffiliationTheravada Buddhism
Architectural description
FounderSir Po Tha

Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple (Burmese: ခြောက်ထပ်ကြီးဘုရားကြီး) is the most well-known Buddhist temple in Bahan Township, Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar. It houses one of the most revered reclining Buddha images in the country.[1] The Buddha image is 66 metres (217 ft) long, and one of the largest in Burma.[1]

The construction was sponsored by a wealthy Burmese Buddhist, Sir Po Tha, in 1899.[1] The image was completed in 1907 by another construction company, but was not proportioned correctly, and the Buddha's face had an aggressive expression.[1]

In the 1950s, the old Buddha image was demolished and temple trustees began work to replace the image, under the supervision of U Thaung, a master craftsman from Tavoy (now Dawei).[1] Large glass eyes with dimensions of 1.77 by .58 metres (5 ft 10 in × 1 ft 11 in) were custom-created at Naga Glass Factory. The Buddha image was consecrated in 1973.[1]