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The Great Reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha

Reputedly the most beautiful reclining Buddha in Myanmar.  Built in 994.  For 500 years it lay deteriorating beneath the jungle.  It surfaced again in  1881 when the new railroad was being built.

It was completely renovated , gilded and painted in 1948

Vital Statistics

Length        180' 

Height         52'

Face            22'

Eye             3.5'

Nose           7.5'

Waist        47.5'

Foot           25'

                                                               

The mosaics were added to the tower of pillows in the 1930's.

As the eyes are wide open it is claimed that this is Buddha in a relaxing mode rather than in death.

                                                                       

 

                                                

Around the back of the image is a series of painted reliefs telling the story of it's construction. 

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