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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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Reviewed December 8, 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...More

Thank Jacqueline A
Reviewed November 27, 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...More

Thank yosoyken
Reviewed November 20, 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
Reviewed November 18, 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...More

Thank Madan Gopal M
Reviewed November 6, 2016

This is one of the highlights of a day trip to Bago. The Sleeping Buddha is beautiful with many artworks around the base of it, each telling its own story. Although you each get charged a 10$ entry fee, maybe people don't realize that you...More

Thank John C
Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

The place one of the 4 spots we visited in Bago with the historical places ticket. The place also have many kiosks selling most of the souvenirs (from woodcraft to longyi) with very good price.

Thank Ladymook
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...More

Thank ozteddy
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 Chris W
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...More

Thank Roznat2013
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
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