The Golden Aung Setkya Paya
The Golden Aung Setkya Paya is one of the most revered Buddhist temples of Bodhi Tataung. The gilded 430 feet stupa pagoda is a shimmering architecture of gold. The pagoda is embellished around by 1060 small zedis. The gold structure is even taller than the 129 feet tall standing statue of Buddha. It is hollow inside with corridors that climb up to the platform level. The interior of the corridors feature some stories of Buddha's life and has lovely views from its upper rim (climbed via an inner passage way). One can get a fantastic view of the Bodhi Tataung complex from the top. A good view of the whole pagoda compound can be sighted from front of the large 90m long reclining Buddha, which is placed up the hill. The pagoda was built by Sayadaw, a head monk of the Buddhist order. He built the whole complex of Bodhi Tataung, the greater area extending the Aung Setkya Paya. He was born in 1931 in a village near Mandalay and Monywa. By the age of twenty nine he founded his own monastery. All pagodas of the Bodhi Tataung complex including Aung Setkya are maintained from donations made by devotees all over. This vinyl fridge magnet graciously depicts the silent reverence of this beautiful pagoda that can be kept as a outstanding souvenir.
How to Reach The Golden Aung Setkya Paya
It is an hour and a half drive from Monywa. The distance is approximately 25 kilometers. The area around the Aung Setkya Paya and Bodhi Tataung is surrounded by a beautiful forest. The best photos of the pagoda can be clicked in the late afternoon with the sun setting in the horizon.