The Giant Reclining Buddha Of Yangon
The Giant Reclining Buddha Of YangonMyanmar is a beauty. It used to be an overlooked country because of all the chaos and seclusion it has fortuitously instilled in itself. But now, little by little, this country is sharing its significance to the rest of the world. And this sure is a good thing, because this country deserves the beaming limelight!
On to the Buddha. Guess by now you know that Buddhas are a big thing here in Asia. Be it Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, and even Singapore and the Philippines, there are Buddhas to be discovered and principles to be learned. That’s how big of a religion Buddhism is. Now, fact is - Myanmar houses some of the greatest Buddha masterpieces ever fashioned. The Giant Reclining Buddha of Yangon is certainly one of them.
Sheltered at Chaukhtatgyi, a place somewhere in Yangon City, capital of Myanmar, the Giant Reclining Buddha draws so much reverence and attention to people from all walks of faith. Certainly deserving of such interest. It just rests there, long, serene, and elegant. It’s unconventional compared to the typical and known Buddha’s, where everything is made plain and monochromatic. This one is unconventional. Its pale white skin is embellished with a huge golden coated robe with studded gems, bright lips, and shiny pink polish. With extra elongated ears and wide piercing eyes. Personal favorite: foot of the Buddha, with a lifetime full of interpretations. Fantastic!
The place is shrouded with people and Buddhas too. By people: tourists, locals, souvenir sellers, monks. By Buddhas: small statues with different meanings and stances. The place is huge enough to host all of this. All of faith, all of reflection, and all of travel. As basic as it may sound, the Giant Reclining Buddha is a sure travel win. All that can be quickly discovered and felt in Buddhism and in Myanmar can be experienced here.
The Giant Reclining Buddha of Yangon is something to be proud of. Be sure to catch it when you manage to visit Myanmar. Best to visit during mornings, so as to experience some morning Myanmar Buddhism rituals and feel the morning jaunt of Yangon’s culture. Beaming limelight.