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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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Such an old relic!

This buddha is very interesting as it is believed to have been built in 994 during the reign of Mon King. It is of 55 metres long and a height of 16 metres. It is fascinating... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This buddha is very interesting as it is believed to have been built in 994 during the reign of Mon King. It is of 55 metres long and a height of 16 metres. It is fascinating that something that old and large could have been lost for so long. Well worth a visit. The temple it is housed in is... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

This place is very crowded and honestly speaking there is little to see there. You can walk around Buddha statue, view some drawings at the back of Buddha but after 15 minutes it’s done. It was one of our stops in Bago and not the best one. Surely not a must see or hidden gem.

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Alicante, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

This rather commercialised model of Buddha is surrounded by bustling markets, with craft and souvenir stalls at every entrance. Beware to run the gauntlet of hustling sellers.

Thank Andrew D
Canton of Thurgau, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

It was our first but not the nicest one. Interesting is the market taking place in the approach to the Buddha statue. You can find any souvenir you ever dreamt of there.

Thank 386gailr
oregon coast
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 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.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
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 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
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 

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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 

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Singapore, Singapore
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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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Reviewed 22 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

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