Just a few hours away to the east of Yagoon, visitors can reach the Bago region. If you have a free day to explore around then there is one place for you to check out – the Kyaik Pun Pagoda, known for its four giant statues of the Buddha visible from far away.
The Kyaik Pun Pagoda actually means Four Statues Pagoda in Burmese. It was built by King Migadippa in the late 7th century and restored in 1476 by King Khammazedi, a devout Buddhist and King of the Mon Kingdom of Hanthawaddy. It consists of 4 enormous Buddhas in the seated position and back-to-back with each other, wearing golden robes and all have different expressions on the faces. They are in the Bhumisparsha mudra, calling the Earth to witness.
Kyaik Pun Pagoda has a historical story behind. According to local legend, four Mon sisters were involved in the building of the Kyaik Pun Paya; they swore to never get married until death. If one of them tie the knot, one of the Buddha statues would collapse. Then, at the end, one of them broke this promise to get married, resulting in the collapse of one of the images, the Kassapa Buddha.
One thing for visitors to note is that Kyaik Pun Pagoda opens for only 12 hours straight from 6am to 6pm. Besides, you have to buy entrance tickets at around 10 US dollars for each to have full access the Bago archeological zone as well as other historical sites. And the most important thing is that to get a full use of your camera gear at Kyaik Pun, you got to check out 3 US dollars. Thus, get yourself ready by always having 13 US dollars cash in hand with you before heading to Kyaik Pun Pagoda.