Kyauktan Yele Pagoda (Floating Temple)

Attraction Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
06:00 AM - 08:00 PM
04:00 PM
05:30 PM
Second-time visit
Temple & Monument
2.00 USD

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Ye Le Pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda located in Kyauktan Township, Yangon Region, on a small island in Hmaw Wun Creek, a tributary of Yangon River.

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Why Kyauktan Yele Pagoda (Floating Temple) is special ?

The Kyaik Khauk Pagoda was built on a hillock named Hlaing Pote Kone on the road from Thanlyin to Kyauktan.It is Mon-style stupa similar to Shwedagon Pagoda. The pagoda was built by the Mon King Cula Thirimasoka of Thaton in the Buddhist Era 241. Kyaik Khauk Pagoda had been successively repaired and renovated by 18 kings who reigned Myanmar.

Yele Pagoda at Kyauktan means the Pagoda in mid-stream on a laterite reef. The Pagoda is also known as Kyaik Mhaw Won Pagoda. The pagoda was built by King Zeyasana, the seventh king of the Pada Dynasty in the third century BC. The height of the original pagoda was only 11ft. The only way to get into the pagoda is by the boat. Foreigners are required to sit at a "larger boat" which differs from the smaller ones that the locals take due to "security purposes".


What to explore at Kyauktan Yele Pagoda (Floating Temple)?

Kyauktan Yele Paya is distinguishing from other Buddhism pagodas for it was built on a isle in the middle of a river. To visit the pagoda, tourists need to take ferry; along the way tourists can enjoy the Thanlyin Bridge, colony-style Thanlyin Town, pretty idyllic scenery and Myanmar-style thatched cottages.

Buddhism disciples set free the captive fish here, which is the feature of the pagoda. Visitors can feed the fish and if with abundant time, you can also take a rest in the nearby restaurant to taste Myanmar snacks and enjoy the peaceful scenery.


How to get to Kyauktan Yele Pagoda (Floating Temple)?

To go to Kyauktan, you can take the pickups from the area just beside Yuzana Plaza. Walk to the lane between Yuzana Plaza and a tea shop which starts with “Shwe”. Walk straight until you see a row of big buses and minivans. This is the bus stop. The seats at the back cost 1,000ks while the seats in front cost 1500ks.

After alighting at a junction at Kyauktan market, walk towards the river and towards an area where the big tour buses are parked. There, you can purchase the ferry ticket, which costs 5,000ks for a return journey.


Selling points

  • Nice pagoda in the river
  • Peaceful Buddhist Pagoda
  • A beautiful buddhist place you must visit
  • Very Holy and Unique
  • Water tower at Thanlyin or Syrium

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  • Toilets are relatively clean it can get quite busy.
  • It’s better if you take a guide or guide book as language is a problem in Myanmar.
    What need to do
  • There is only one way to get in the pagoda is by the boat. Foreigners are required to sit at a "larger boat" which differs from the smaller ones that the locals take due to "security purposes".
  • Only during the festival periods will there be catfish around, and then you will be able to buy some food to feed the fish.
    Things to do
  • Once you are back to the mainland, you can go and try the tea salad (must try) from any of the shops located around the river front. Take a drink of pure fresh coconut water straight from the fruits. It’s very refreshing.
  • Wearing shoes at Yele Pagoda is prohibited. When you reach the pagoda, leave your shoes, flip flops on the boat and climb up the steps to the pagoda.
  • There is a small market in the street nearby.
    Things nearby
  • You must take a boat from land to Yele pagoda, ticket fee for tourist boat (with roof) two round,5000 MMK.
    Ticket and Pricing

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