The Kyaik Pun Pagoda was built in 1476 by Dhammazedi, a devout Buddhist and King of the Mon Kingdom of Hanthawaddy (Pegu).
The Kyaik Pun Pagoda or Kyaikpun Paya is an active place of worship; the images are highly revered by Laotian Buddhists who come to pay their respect.
Depictions of the four Buddhas that have reached Nirvana
The images represent the four Buddhas that have reached Nirvana, namely Kassapa Buddha, Kakusandha Buddha, Konagamana Buddha and Gautama Buddha. They sit back to back facing the four cardinal directions against a massive brick square central post on top of which is a golden spire with a multi tiered ceremonial umbrella. The four seated Buddhas wear golden robes and all have slightly different facial expressions. They are in the Bhumisparsha mudra, calling the Earth to witness.
In front of the images is an open pavilion flanked by large chedis. A statue of King Dhammazedi honors the builder of the Paya. Other structures on the temple complex include several pavilions and small shrines, a large bell and a pole topped with a Hintha bird, the symbol of the town of Bago. A few of the pavilions are dedicated to Nat spirits, that have been worshipped in Burma for many centuries, probably before the arrival of Buddhism. Between the parking lot and the temple are handicrafts stalls offering their wares.
Entrance fee & opening hours
The Kyaik Pun Pagoda opens daily from 6 am until 6 pm. The Bago archeological zone fee is US$ 10 per person. This ticket is also valid for most other historical sites in town. There is a US$ 3 camera fee for the Kyaik Pun.