Shwethalyaung Buddha Description:
The Shwethalyaung Buddha is a massive reclining Buddha image that dates back to the 10th century.
Believed to have been constructed around 994 AD, the 180-foot-long Shwethalyaung Buddha was probably one of the crowning glories of the Mon Kingdom that ruled the western regions of current day Myanmar through much of medieval history.
In 1757 after a protracted campaign, King Alungpaya sacked the city of Bago (Pego), which firmly stamped out the Mon peoples as a power in Southeast Asia. For more than a century the Shwethalyaung Buddha lay underneath dense jungle vegetation that had crept over the ruins of the city of Bago. It wasn’t until 1880 during the construction of the Myanmar railway by colonial British engineers that the statue was rediscovered and restored to its former glory.
Best Time to Visit Shwethalyaung Buddha:
The best sightseeing weather for the Western regions of Myanmar falls between November and May when the days are bright and dry. Between June and October the region has high chances of rainfall in the mornings and early afternoons, but the extra moisture helps resuscitate Myanmar’s verdant landscape.
How to get to Shwethalyaung Buddha:
The Shwethalyaung Buddha is the second largest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar. Considered one of the most sacred pilgrimage points in the southern region of Myanmar, this stunning monument should not be missed while traveling in the area.
Shwethalyaung Buddha Highlights:
When visiting sights of Buddhist religious importance, it’s best to dress in conservative clothing that covers shoulders to knees.