The 10 must see statues in Myanmar

Built in 2011, sitting at a height of 23 metres (75 ft) tall in the city of Mandalay is a statue that has come to be known as the Skinny Buddha. Representing the point in the Buddhas life when he left the palace to live in the wilderness, refusing food and nearly starving to death, the Skinny Buddha is one of the more unusual representations of Buddha in Myanmar.

10. Skinny Buddha

 

East of the ​city of Mandalay, to the north of the Golden Triangle that makes the border of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar is the small city of Kengtung. Built in 2015 at the top of a hill, pointing towards the centre of the city, visible for miles around is the 18 metre (59 ft) high Standing Buddha.

9. Yat Taw Mu Buddha

 

In the city of Bago, to the north east of the former capital, Yangon, is the Kyaik Pun Pagoda, with its most notable feature being the Kyaikpun Four Seated Buddha. Built at the behest of King Migadippa in the 7th century, renovated under the rule of King Dhammazedi in the 15th century, the statue depicts the four Buddhas of Kaksandha, Konagamana, Kassapa and Gautama, seated back to back in separate positions. The entire structure stands 27 metres (90 ft) high.

8. Kyaikpun Four Seated Buddha

 

To the south east of the former capital, Yangon, across the Gulf Of Martaban is the small town of Mudon. Slightly south of Mudon is the very small Latt Tett Village, home to the Khat Ya Khat Yu Pagoda​, sometimes known as the Great Sitting Buddha Of Mudon, or more simply as the Sitting Buddha Statue. The statue sits 55 metres (180 ft) tall.

7. Sitting Buddha Statue

 

In the former capital, Yangon, is the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple, housing within it one of the largest and most revered reclining Buddha statues in Myanmar. Completed in the 1970's, replacing a much larger statue that had to be demolished, it measures 66 metres (217 ft) in length.

6. Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple

In the former capital, Yangon, is the Nga-htat-gyi Buddha Temple, a five tiered pagoda that houses one of the most revered images of Buddha in Myanmar. Dating from the 16th century, remaining in stunning condition, it sits a relatively small 6 metres (20 ft) tall.

5. Nga-htat-gyi Buddha Temple

 

In the city of Bago, to the north east of the former capital, Yangon, is the Naungdawgyi Myathalyaung Reclining Buddha, one of many representations of the Buddha in the city. Built in 2001, it measures 82 metres (269 ft) in length, making it one of the largest statues in Myanmar.

4. Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha

 

To the south east of the former capital, Yangon, across the Gulf Of Martaban is the small town of Mudon. Slightly north of Mudon is the Win Sein Taw Ya, the largest reclining Buddha in the world. With its measurements coming in at a whopping 30 metres (99 ft) high, and 180 metres (590 ft) long, if it were to be standing it would be the tallest statue on the planet. Visitors are able to enter the structure to see a shrine, dioramas and literature that showcase the teachings of the Buddha.

3. Win Sein Taw Ya

 

In the city of Bago, to the north east of the former capital, Yangon, is the Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha, the oldest of the many representations of Buddha in the city of Bago. Believed to have been built in 994 AD during the reign of King Migadepa, despite its enormous size it was lost in 1757 AD when the town was pillaged. Rediscovered in 1880 AD within an area of overgrown jungle, the statue underwent restoration, with the mosaic pillows supporting the head added in the 1930's. With a height of 16 metres (52 ft) and a length of 55 metres (180 ft), this 1,000 year old statue is one of the most revered Buddha statues in Myanmar.

2. Shwethalyaung Buddha

 

Construction began on the Laykyun Setkyar Buddha in 1995 in the village of Khatakan Taung, to the west of the city of Mandalay, and was completed thirteen years later in 2008. Standing upon a 13.5 metre (44 ft) throne, the statue of the Guatama Buddha itself has a height of 116 metres (380 ft), making it the tallest statue in Myanmar, and the second tallest statue on Earth. Visitors are able to enter the statue, of which the 31 floors (referring to the 31 planes of existence) showcase murals and paintings, each floor representing a realm of the life cycle.

At the feet of the Standing Buddha Statue is a Reclining Buddha Statue. Built in 1991 it measure 101 metres (333 ft) in length, making it another of Myanmar's largest Buddha representations. Visitors are also able to enter the Reclining Buddha, where the Great Chronicles Of Buddha are displayed.

1. Laykyun Setkyar Buddha

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