Photo: Kyauk Htat Gyi near Bago
The Shwemawdaw pagoda is similar to the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon and dates back 1,000 years. The parts, which can be visited today have for the most part been built in 1952 and in 1954
Like in Yangon, so you will also find in Bago a famous, lying Buddha statue, Shwethalyaung. But while the statue in Yangon is of modern origin, the 55 meters long and 16 meters high Buddha image of Bago dates back to the year 994.
Despite of its size the statue was lost from 1757 when Bago was destroyed until 1881. The British colonial masters found it, while they were building the railway track from Yangon to Bago
This pagoda is about 65 kilometers east of Bago. It is interesting, not so much because of its architecture, but due to its prominent location atop an enormous rock at the edge of a cliff.
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