Shwethalyaung Buddha

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Shwethalyaung Buddha
Bago-Shwethalyaung Buddha.JPG
Shwethalyaung Buddha is located in Myanmar
Shwethalyaung Buddha
Shown within Myanmar
Basic information
Geographic coordinates17°20′17″N 96°27′45″E / 17.337931°N 96.462409°E / 17.337931; 96.462409Coordinates: 17°20′17″N 96°27′45″E / 17.337931°N 96.462409°E / 17.337931; 96.462409
AffiliationTheravada Buddhism
Architectural description
FounderKing Migadepa
Completed994; 1024 years ago (994)

The Shwethalyaung Buddha (Burmese: ရွှေသာလျှောင်းဘုရား [ʃwèθàljáʊɴ pʰəjá]; officially ရွှေသာလျောင်းရုပ်ပွားတော်ကြီး) is a reclining Buddha in the west side of Bago (Pegu), Myanmar. The Buddha, which has a length of 55 metres (180 ft) and a height of 16 metres (52 ft), is believed to have been built in 994, during the reign of Mon King Migadepa. It was lost in 1757 when Pegu was pillaged. During British colonial rule, in 1880, the Shwethalyaung Buddha was rediscovered under a cover of jungle growth. Restoration began in 1881, and Buddha's mosaic pillows (on its left side) were added in 1930.