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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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Bago, Myanmar
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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you come to Bago, visit this one. This old reclining Buddha statue is impressive. Especially the back side with the story of a father and his daughter. Buddha's feet are also very impressive.

Thank paukie
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Come to Bago, you should also visit to this Buddha that featured one of the largest sleeping Buddha . It was recorded 941AD when this was built. There are story board behind the Buddha to tell the story the old Burmese king who was not...More

Thank Lucas G
Reviewed 17 September 2017

We visited this as part of our private tour of Bago and it is likely to be on your itinerary if you go here. It's quite a stunning reclining Buddha with lots of intricate details. No more than 15-20 minutes to visit.

Thank mbaas
Reviewed 25 April 2017

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...More

Thank Deryn H
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...More

Thank Grzegorz B
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
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
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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Reviewed 14 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...More

Thank wonghuihua
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...More

Thank r0landbrunner
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