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Shwethalyaung Buddha

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Address: Bago, Myanmar

The Shwethalyaung, a colossal reclining statue of Buddha (181 feet [55 m]...

The Shwethalyaung, a colossal reclining statue of Buddha (181 feet [55 m] long), is to the west of the modern town and is reputedly one of the most lifelike of all the reclining Buddha figures; allegedly built in AD-994, it was lost when Bago (Pegu) was destroyed in 1757 but was rediscovered under a cover of jungle growth in 1881.

Shwethalyaung Buddha is the second largest reclining Buddha.

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Nicely restored and set under a roof structure built by British engineers. Enjoyed shopping stone and wood products with the large vendor community here.

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oregon coast
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nicely restored and set under a roof structure built by British engineers. Enjoyed shopping stone and wood products with the large vendor community here.

Thank sealrocker
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

This is the indoor reclining buddha in bago, very huge. It is supposed to depict buddha in maha pari-nibbana state. Behind the buddha there are carvings and pictures to show how a king who used to worship demon got converted into buddhism. In front of the Shwethalyaung pagoda is another very large reclining Buddha, the Mya Thar Lyaung, a more... More 

Thank wonghuihua
Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

one of the largest reclining Buddhas to be seen, not only in Myanmar. There is an outdoor version of poor artistic value, but immense size, just a hundred meters away. and then there is the real one, under a roof to protect it, with many local pilgrims (local and internnational) around. As with about all sites in Bago, I feel... More 

Thank r0landbrunner
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

This idol has been kept in a structure with a roof so you can enjoy learning local culture without the hot sun's rays beating down upon you. It's situated in a neighborhood that allows you to see many local settings and an outdoor reclining buddha is nearby. This is a good place to shop for souvenirs as the vendors around... More 

Thank Carolyn Z
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We know there are 2 huge reclining buddhas in Bago. One is indoor & the other is outdoor at 2 different locations. We only visited this one located indoor to escape the intense mid afternoon heat. Impressive and similar to the one in Yangon. Not sure which one is longer....

Thank Don C
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

A simple image which offers however, plenty of explanations, including many in English. Also, a good place to pick up a souvenir. It seems that even the locals shop here for gifts.

Thank FyingKiwi
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I would recommend you to first ready the story behind first before you see the actual Buddha. Visitors should follow the clockwise direction when visiting a Buddha but the storyline crafted behind this Buddha was actually in an anti-clockwise direction, wonder why! What happened was back in the days a king sent his son into the woods for hunting, the... More 

Thank Jacqueline A
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

It is visually breathtaking and impressive once you take the time to take it all in. It is unfortunate that the shelter/roofing structures get in the way of taking photos, but it is a minor issue. There are some touristy souvenir shops at the main entrance, but i would recommend going inside the attraction as there are more stores with... More 

Thank yosoyken
Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This is the second reclining buddha I visited in Myanmar. Another great giant buddha! There is many souvenir shops at the entrance. Make sure you bargain the price approx 30-40% off!!!

Thank Mark E
Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

This is one of the largest reclining Buddha built by a Mon King in 10th century.It was discovered in late 19th century in the middle of thick forest by a railway contractor accidentally and since then became important religious destination as well as a tourist attraction. It measures 185ft + long and 55ft high.To decribe the size, the little finger... More 

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