Maha Kalyani Sima, Bago

  • Location: Southeast of Wetkyi-In Village
  • Status: A sacred hall of ordination
  • Built by: King Dhammazedi
  • Date: In 1476
  • Attractions: In the gold and white structure with several statues decorated in traditional garments and carved paintings
  • Opening Hours : 9am to 5pm daily
  • Admission Fees : US$4 per person

On the road from the train station to shwethalyaung in Myanmar, Bago, travelers will have the opportunity to admire The Maha Kalyani Sima- the sacred hall where celebrated ordination ceremony for monks.

Constructed in 1476 by King Dhammazedi, Maha Kalyani Sima Hall has existed for hundreds of years and witnessed changes in the long-lasting history of Bago. It’s actually derived from Sri Lanka. After ordering a delegation of Buddhist monks to there for missionary, King Dhammazedi conducted to build 397 halls which are similar to Maha Kalyani Sima in Sri Lanka around the country, in which the one in Bago is the first copy. In 1599, Philip De Brito, the Portuguese invader pillaged and burned it down. After the reconstruction, it was destroy again during the sacking of Bago in 1757 under the reign of King Alaungpaya. Moreover, natural disasters, especially the horrible earthquake in 1930 leveled nearly the entire Hall. The building we admire today is the rest of turbulent history in Bago, wich has been preserved and remodeled from 1954.

The rather large hall was designed with marble floors and 28 statues in prayer posture placed in niches around the wall. This is the sacred place to ordain for monks whentheyreach thehigher realms. Beside the hall, there are 10 large tables engraved by figures and Pali and Mon characters retelling about the relation in religious issues of Myanmar and Sri-Lanka. The temple of Maha Kalyani Sima named the Four Figures Paya is outstanding with four Buddhas standing back to back and facing four different directions, along with a beautiful campus where has many sitting Buddha statues waiting to hear the sermon outdoor. Buddhism always has a miraculous spread. When strolling around this campus, travelers will find the peace in your soul and rid the sorrow from mundane life.

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