Kaba Aye Paya, Yangon (Rangoon)

Kaba Aye Pagoda, formally Thiri Mingala Gaba Aye Zedidaw, ), is a pagoda located on Kaba Aye Road, Mayangon Township, Yangon, Myanmar. The pagoda was built in 1952 by U Nu in preparation for the Sixth Buddhist Council that he held from 1954-1956. The pagoda measures 111ft high and is also 111ft around the base. The pagoda is located approximately 11 km north of Yangon, a little past the Inya Lake Hotel. The Maha Pasana Guha (great cave) was built simultaneously with the Kaba Aye Pagoda and is located in the same complex. The cave is a replica of the Satta Panni cave, located in India, where the first Buddhist Synod was convened. The six entrances of The Maha Pasana Cave symbolize the Sixth Great Synod. The cave is 455ft long and 370ft wide. Inside, the assembly hall is 220ft long and 140ft wide.BackgroundAs prime minister of Burma, U Nu built the Kaba Aye Pagoda and the Maha Pasana Guha Cave in 1952 in preparation for the Sixth Buddhist Synod that he convened and hosted and which lasted two years, from 1954–1956. This Synod coincided with the 2500-year anniversary of Buddha’s enlightenment. In Burma, the kings traditionally built a pagoda in their honor to stand as a relic of their rule. For example, Ne Win built the Maha Wizaya Pagoda in his honor. The construction of the pagoda and cave were a part of U Nu’s attempt to establish Buddhism as the official religion of Burma, thereby creating a Buddhist state.The Kaba Aye pagoda is open daily from 6 am to 8 pm, with an admission fee of $5. In addition to the Burmese who make religious pilgrimages, the pagoda attracts domestic as well as foreign tourists. The Kaba Aye Pagoda compound is large and is intended to be peaceful and quiet for the tourists, monks and devotees who visit.
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  • This place is not as famous as some others but it doesn't mean less gold. Buddhas, the whole interior including ceilings is covered by gold. One more proof how deep is faith of Myanmar people.  more »
  • We went here when we had a few hrs to fill at the airport. It is a small padoga with two layers. We were lucky as the inner room was open with guards on it as the safe had been opened and parts of Bud...  more »
  • This was worth just a short stop for me. The inner sanctum was quite impressive but overall after spending so much time at Shwe Dagon this was a bit of an afterthought.  more »
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  • One of the famous pagoda in Yangon. Every buddhists should come. 😁 Beside of the ladder, there are many souvenirs shops which sell statues & flowers. And there is an old banyan tree. Very nice.
  • Usually not crowded. One of the pagodas which can enter the center of the pagoda building.
  • I liked this pagoda because the souvenir and trinkets sellers that line the path up to the pagoda aren't pushy and will actually quote you a decent price. While here, be sure to walk a little north to the grotto where a Buddhist counsel was held and get a bit more out of your trip than just "another" pagoda.
  • Quite place...realli peaceful
  • Nice, beautiful, religious place for good to visit with family.

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