Directly south of Mandalay Hill and built over a 25 year period that ended in 1878. The pagoda’s nice enough, but its fame comes from its central occupant: an 8 m, 900 tonne Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. The marble block was so colossal, it’s said, that 10000 men spent 13 days transporting it from a canal to the Myanmar current site. Ornamented with royal attire, the image was completed and dedicated in 1865. Around the shrine are figures of the Buddha’s 80 arahats (enlightened disciples), arranged in groups of 20 on each of the four sides. In a building in the southeast of the compound are a giant alms bowl and colourful renderings of Myanmar King Mindon’s visit here in 1865. Originally, this paya, like its namesake in Amarapura, would be modeled on the famous Anada Pahto of Bagan, but due to the place rebellion this grand plan was not carried through. Myanmar Mandalay’s biggest festival is held at Kyauktawgyi paya for seven days in early to mid October to commemorate thadingyut in Myanmar.