Maha Myat Muni Temple

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Maha Myat Muni Temple
Wat Pha Jao Lung
AffiliationTheravada Buddhism
CountryKengtung, Shan State, Myanmar
Geographic coordinates21°17′29″N 99°36′11″E / 21.291416°N 99.602946°E / 21.291416; 99.602946Coordinates: 21°17′29″N 99°36′11″E / 21.291416°N 99.602946°E / 21.291416; 99.602946
FounderSao Kawng Kiao Intaleng
Completed1926; 93 years ago (1926)

Maha Myat Muni Temple (Burmese: မဟာမြတ်မုနိဘုရား), also known as Wat Phra Sao Luang is a Buddhist temple in Kengtung, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma). The temple is known for its replica of the Mahamuni Buddha image in Mandalay.

The image was commissioned by the saopha (chieftain) of Kengtung State, Sao Kawng Kiao Intaleng, and the abbot of Wat Zaing Ngarm in 1920.[1] A copy of the original image in Mandalay was cast in 1921 by U Tit and his workers, and installed and consecrated in 1926 in a new temple in Kengtung's town centre.[1]

The Buddha image is subject to a face-washing ritual 2 to 3 times a month, similar to the image in Mandalay.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Klemens, Karlsson, (2007). "Tai Khun Buddhism and Ethnic-Religious Identity". SOAS Research Online. Retrieved 22 October 2018.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)