Kyauk Daw Kyi


Not far from the airport, this immense seated buddha was carved from a single piece of marble found outside Mandalay in 1999. The partially finished statue was painstakingly transported to Yangon by boat and train (on a specially built track) a year later, events that are depicted in the complex’s modern murals.

After the detailing was finished, the buddha was positioned in its current home at the top of a hill and encased in glass.

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2.22 MILES

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2. Mahapasana

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3. Kaba Aye Paya

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4. Myanmar Gems Museum & Gems Market

2.99 MILES

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5. Inya Lake

3.66 MILES

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6. Aung San Suu Kyi's House

4.49 MILES

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7. AAPP Museum

4.57 MILES

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8. State Fine Arts School

4.76 MILES

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