仰光卧佛寺 Yangon, Chauk Htat Kyi Pagoda

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I must confess that I was so happy when our guide, Mr. Kyaw, was telling us that we would be visiting Chauk Htat Kyi Pagoda which was not printed on our daily itinerary. This monastery houses an enormous reclining Buddha statue (66 m long). It is one of the most beautiful reclining Buddha stautes I have ever seen. I have taken quite a few pictures, unfortunately, the SD card in one of my cameras used in this location was accidentally deleted, all those photos taken here are lost. Fortunately I do have a cell phone which I used to keep a GPS record of our trip, a few pics posted here are from that cell phone.

巧塔吉臥佛寺原來並不在我們旅行社的行程裡, 所以當導遊宣佈我們會去卧佛寺時, 真是令人喜出望外。這卧佛不但宏大, 而且相當精美。可惜我用於拍攝此寺的一張記憶卡被意外地清洗了, 所以有好些照片就没有了。幸好我間中會用手機拍些照片作為GPS定位, 紀錄行程, 這裡一些照片是手機拍的。

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維基百科: 巧塔吉臥佛寺(緬甸語:ခြောက်ထပ်ကြီးဘုရားကြီး,英語:Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple,Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda)裡供奉的巧塔吉臥佛,也稱為六層高佛像,是緬甸最大的臥佛像。巧塔吉臥佛寺位於緬甸仰光省仰光市的巴漢區瑞貢丹路,是該區最著名的佛寺

Wikipedia: Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple (Burmese: ခြောက်ထပ်ကြီးဘုရားကြီး) is the most well-known Buddhist temple in Bahan Township, Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar. It houses one of the most revered reclining Buddha images in the country. The Buddha image is 66 metres (217 ft) long, and one of the largest in Burma.

巧塔吉臥佛寺於1899年由緬甸佛教徒寶塔爵士捐資興建,最初的佛像是1900年造的戶外的大型半臥式臥佛像,由一家建築公司承製。現在的佛像於1958年重新打造,為全臥姿以手枕頭的臥佛像

巧塔吉新的臥佛像是委託土瓦十多位杰出的佛像工匠來承製,工匠在製作佛像前先齋戒十日,偋除心中的雜念後,全心投入佛像塑造。新佛像最大的挑戰就是塑造出栩栩如生的眼神,寺方要求佛像的眼珠必須是玻璃製的,而且是尺寸1.77米x 0.58米的大玻璃珠。為此,承製工匠問遍了所有日本和德國的玻璃工廠,都沒有辦法製作那麼大顆的玻璃球。在寺廟住持的堅持下,緬甸的納加玻璃工廠才同意承製,僅管如此,工廠動員所有工人來製作仍然失敗了5次之多,失敗率非常的高,大型玻璃眼珠最終於1973年的5月16日完成製造

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Wikipedia: The construction was sponsored by a wealthy Burmese Buddhist, Sir Po Tha, in 1899.The image was completed in 1907 by another construction company, but was not proportioned correctly, and the Buddha’s face had an aggressive expression.

In the 1950s, the old Buddha image was demolished and temple trustees began work to replace the image, under the supervision of U Thaung, a master craftsman from Tavoy (now Dawei). The Buddha image was consecrated in 1973.  ⇓ Large glass eyes with dimensions of 1.77 by .58 metres (5 ft 10 in × 1 ft 11 in) were custom-created at Naga Glass Factory. _DSC1258-1.jpg

⇑  眼珠是玻璃製的,尺寸是1.77米x 0.58米。

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