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“Four Impressive Buddhas”
Review of Kyaik Pun Pagoda

Kyaik Pun Pagoda
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Bago Full-Day Tour from Yangon
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Bago
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Bremerton, Washington
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“Four Impressive Buddhas”
Reviewed 10 March 2013

We were on our way back from the Golden Rock and our guide promised to show us many amazing Buddhas of Bago. It was a short visit at this pagoda, but long enough to hear the story and marvel at their size. If Nat shrines interest you, you'll find several nearby.

Visited January 2013
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“One of these Buddhas is not like the other”
Reviewed 25 February 2013

Just outside Bago you'll find this shrine with four Buddhas at the cardinal points. Legend has it when one of the four sisters married the Buddha would collapse. Well, there was an earthquake and just one of the Buddhas collapsed and was destroyed. It has been rebuilt, but has a distinctly different facial appearance than the other three. See if you can pick which one it was. You don't need long to see this, but it is worth a stop on your tour.

Visited February 2013
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“Unique”
Reviewed 4 October 2012

About 3km outside the ancient capital of Bago and 200m off the main Yangon-Bago highway you happen by the Kyaik Pun Buddha. At this site you come across four 30 meter tall statues of the sitting Buddha facing the four cardinal points of the compass and backs to a square pillar. Representing the four life cycles of Buddha, Konagamana, Kakusandha, Kassapa and Gautama.

Originally constructed in 1476 under the reign of King Dhamma Zedi The site has undergone many restorations over the years and is very well maintained to this date. Legend speaks of four sisters who were involved in the construction of the statues who made a pact among themselves to not marry for so long as they shall live. By breaking this pact, it was said the statues would collapse. Legend has it, one of these sister broke the pact with the other three and the destruction of the Kassapa Buddha was a result of this betrayal. It has since been restored and only by trained observation is the damage still noticeable. Each of the four faces of Buddha is slightly different and it was mentioned many times while in the country that the face of the Buddha image often reflects the face of the person who constructed it. The statues remain uncovered and at the constant mercy of the elements. People had told us that any attempt to cover the statues has been catastrophically unsuccessful. This may be due to the heavy earthquake activity that has stricken the region in the past. Or due to some religious phenomenon, you can be the judge of that yourself.

The site is definitely worth a look. It was a unique pagoda for sure and while I had seen other instances of four Buddha images facing cardinal points from a central post (Myrak Oo) It is rare, and even more rare to be maintained and currently in use as a religious site. The various pavilions around the site are not as extravagant as those of some other sites, but still worth a look around.

Visited April 2012
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“Nice 4 seated Bhudda shrine in Bago”
Reviewed 29 September 2012

We were the only tourists here. A very impressive and quiet little shrine with towering bhudda statues sitting back to back at over 25 meters height. We saw a few people meditating and praying here. You can sit and take in the serenity on one of the numeous benches around the shrine. This was a stop on our Bago day trip we took from Best guide tours. My second favourite shrine in Bago.

Visited September 2012
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“Impressive!”
Reviewed 18 June 2012

The four gigantic buddha statues look very impressive. Legend has it that four sisters involved in building the statues made a pact not to marry but one of them did, resulting in the damage in one of the four statues. However, it has been restored so you cannot see any damage now.

Visited June 2012
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