Religious Sites & Temples


Kheng Hock Keong Chinese Temple, Yangon

Posted on May 19th, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. No Comments

Kheng Hock Keong is the oldest Chinese Buddhist and Taoist temple in Yangon, situated in chinatown. It was founded in 1861 by the Hokkien community and dedicated to Mazu, the Sea goddess. Kheng Hock Keong means “Temple in celebration of prosperity/fortune” and the name was chosen in gratitude to Mazu for her blessings during their sea voyages and for their prosperity and fortune in Burma.

Statue of the Guardian spirit at the entrance of the temple. Buddhas adorn his crown.

This is the left altar with Guan Gong statue representing him in Bravery & Conquer mood. Guan Gong is the God of war.

The combination of flowers, offerings and incense smoke creates a very special ambiance.

Kheng Hock Keong temple is full of statues, flowers and other decorations in colourful red.

Chimney inside … Read More »



Marble Stone Buddha at Kyauk Daw Kyi Pagoda, Insein (Yangon)

Posted on May 13th, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. No Comments

Kyauk Daw Kyi Pagoda is in Insein Township and it is famous for it’s white marble stone Buddha. Next to this pagoda you can find Hsin Hpyu Daw Park with 3 Royal White Elephants.

Lion and serpent (Naga) decorating the stairs leading to the main chapel entrance. Lions are guardians of the temples and are in pairs at the entrance. In Buddhism lions are symbolic of the bodhisattvas, the “sons of the Buddha”.

The seated Buddha was sculptured out from a single piece of white marble stone.

A lot of people come to Kyauk Daw Kyi Pagoda to pray.

Amazing the sitting posture to pray of these women, specially the one on the right at her age. They have a hair comb in the typical Myanmar style.

Close-up view of the marble stone … Read More »



Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Yangon

Posted on April 5th, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. No Comments

Saint Mary’s Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral located in Yangon. It’s also the largest cathedral in Myanmar. Designed by Dutch architect Jos Cuypers, it has a red brick exterior, two spires and a bell tower.

Red brick entrance to the cathedral with a figure of Jesus holding a lamb on his shoulders.

Interior of Saint Mary’s Cathedral.

Close-up view of the main altar.

Wooden chairs and prayer kneelers for the congregation who can attend the daily masses or come to pray.

Figure of Jesus Christ situated to the right of the altar.

Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus in her arm.



Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

Posted on February 23rd, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. 6 comments

Main entrance of Shewdagon Pagoda, guarded by two lions.

Ornate covered stairway leading up to the pagoda.

Beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda with a tree branch from the People’s Park in the foreground.

Side entrance to the walkway leading up to the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Small alters that surround the base of the pagoda. In the evenings Buddhist worshipers light candles and incense here.

Small shrine to one side of the pagoda, ringed by alters containing images of Buddha.

Monk meditating in the small shrine from the previous image. Monks in Myanmar typically spend a large part of their day meditating.

Man paying respects to Buddha by offering drinking water. There are 7 different alters around the main pagoda, one for each day of the week and Buddhist worshipers pray in the alter of … Read More »



Shwesandaw Pagoda, Pyay

Posted on February 3rd, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. No Comments

Beautiful Shwesandaw Pagoda in Pyay

Colorful entrance to Shwesandaw Pagoda from the lift.

Two women and a nun arriving at the Shwesandaw Pagoda to pray.

Reclining Buddha at the Shwesandaw Pagoda looking towards Sehtatgyi Buddha.

Sehtatgyi Buddha viewed from Shwesandaw Pagoda.

Man praying at one of the altars around the Shwesandaw Pagoda.



The Temples of Bagan

Posted on January 16th, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. No Comments

Landscape of the amazing Bagan temples.

The temples of Bagan provide a stunning backdrop to this field of wheat.

Bullock cart travelling through Bagan.

The Bagan landscape, each temple with a unique architectural styles.

Buddha sitting cross-legged eating from a bowl.

Entrance to one of the temples in Bagan.

Buddha in the altar of one of Bagan’s temples.






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