In the hills South East of Monywa is the Maha Bodhi Ta Htaung, a Burmese monastery known for its two giant images of the Buddha. The images on top of a hill dominate the area and can be seen from far away. The large grounds at the foot of the hill is dotted with thousands of seated Buddha images under Bodhi trees.


Reclining Buddha image

At 90 meters long and 20 meters high the Monywa reclining Buddha is one of the largest in the world. The image dressed in a golden robe resting on a golden pedestal portrays the Buddha on the eve of death and entering into Nirvana. The Reclining Buddha Statue was built on 8 January 1991.

It has a length of 101.5 m (333 ft) and a width of 18.3 m (60 ft). It is hollow inside the statue and the Great Chronicles of Buddha are displayed.  Visitors can walk through the interior in which 9,000 small Buddha images are on display. 

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