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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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Although not a good photo op with the roof columns blocking the body and the roof almost on top of it, this is a very beautiful Buddha statue and the 'pillow' supports are a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2016
brisbane australia
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brisbane australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Although not a good photo op with the roof columns blocking the body and the roof almost on top of it, this is a very beautiful Buddha statue and the 'pillow' supports are a masterpiece of mosaic - although they are a new addition and not old as is the Buddha itself. We were told that it was lost in... More 

Thank ozteddy
Bath, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Dirty and not kept nicely, lots of people selling rubbish souvenirs and pressuring you. Unofficial people trying to charge foreigners camera fees. Protip, just walk past them and ignore.

Thank chrisgsy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Unless you are a serious culture or religious fan then there is better in the area. This reclining Buddha statue is inside so you loose some of the beauty of it by the iron structure built around it. It's smaller than the other reclining statue so I would choose which one you want to see. To reach the statue you... More 

Thank Roznat2013
Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

The reclining figure is dramatic with great inlaid work in the pillows used to prop the Buddha. The crowds were for some reason less on Saturday afternoon.

Thank Vandieman111
Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

A humongous reclining buddha with rich history. And i believe it has the only ornate headrest of the many reclining buddhas in myanmar.

Thank Jervis C
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

This is a magnificent Reclining Buddha that can be seen in about half an hour. It was built in about 994, they say. The Buddha reclines in a huge airplane hangar-like structure. To get to the Buddha, you negotiate a series of touristy shops. Photos are ok, and the local worshippers welcome visitors.

Thank Ace J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

I visited this Buddha ten years ago and it left a huge impression - and it was good to revisit it in 2016. The Buddha it's self is impressive for both it's scale and for its beauty - for whatever reason this one seems more "engaging" and warm. The rear of the Buddha has a set of pictures telling the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

This was the second reclining Buddha that we saw on this trip and it certainly lacks the impressive feeling that we had on the first one. It also felt more commercial with the vendors inside the big hall leading up to the Buddha. The eyes of this statue are wide open which give it a different feel from the other... More 

Thank ROCruiser
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

It was an only thing we saw. The souvenire shop were not many and expensive. You can bargain anywhere else.

Thank Dhida R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

You can see this with the cultural ticket as well. This thing is big. Unfortunately they have put pillars right in front of it. On the other hand, that can't be a real surprise. The main entrance with the shops is also gorgeous! Don't forget to look up. Do read the story about how the Buddah got there on the... More 

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