Myanmar Bago : Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha – Outdoor

Myanmar Bago : Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha - Outdoor

Day Trip to Bago

Bago is a small town about 70km away from north east of Yangon, a town full of historical sites, worth to do a day tour when you are visiting Yangon Myanmar. The old name is called Pegu, it was the ancient capital of Myanmar. Bagu town is where the famous Burmese king, King Bayinnaung’s reign from 1511-1581.

Little nuns in pink seeking alms on the street of Bago

Myanmar Bago : Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha - Outdoor

Why visit Bago?

Bago city is still very backwards and disorganized but there are abundance of important religious sites here.  One of them is the outdoor Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha.  There are two reclining Buddha in Bago city.  An indoor and an outdoor version.  There is no entrance fees for the outdoor reclining Buddha.

Myanmar Bago : Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha - Outdoor

Outdoor Reclining Buddha

Unlike other Reclining Buddha in Myanmar, Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha is located outdoor which make it different from the others found resting in the sheltered area.

Myanmar Bago : Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha - Outdoor

82 meter Long Reclining Buddha

When you go near the reclining Buddha, you are not able to take the full body because it is so huge and long.  You need to go further away to take the whole picture of the reclining Buddha.

Why Buddha in this position?

Reclining Buddha images represent the final phase of the historical Buddha’s life on earth before entering parinirvana.  Usually seen with Buddha’s right side with his head supported by his hand or with a pillow.

Myanmar Bago : Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha - Outdoor

How Long to visit Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha?

15 mins is more than enough to spend looking at the outdoor reclining Buddha as there is no other shops nearby for you to visit.

Myanmar Bago : Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha - Outdoor

Bago Lunch

Our lunch took place in a home restaurant solely for tourists as I did not see any other customers beside tourists.  There is a menu in English and dishes include Burmese, Thai, Malaysian & Indonesian, Chinese & Western cuisine.

The private tour driver usually drop their guests at this restaurants and come back to pick them after an hour or so.  I did not see any other decent restaurant in Bago as this town is really scrappy.

Myanmar Bago : Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha - Outdoor

Stir Fried Kangkong Vegetable/ water spinach

Myanmar Bago : Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha - Outdoor

Thai Green Curry with Seafood

Myanmar Bago : Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha - Outdoor

Sweet & Sour Pork

Myanmar Bago : Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha - Outdoor

Hot Chips

Myanmar Bago : Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha - Outdoor

Our lunch total cost less than USD 20.00 with 2 cans of soft drinks and one coffee. This is for 3 person.

Final thoughts :

Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha is located outdoor and is not sheltered like the other reclining Buddha such as Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago.  There are two reclining Buddha in Bago town, an indoor and outdoor version.  The outdoor reclining Buddha has lesser make up as compared to the indoor Shwethalyaung Buddha.  I suspect the make up on the Buddha face wear out due to the rain and sun since it is sitting outdoor. (Just a wild guess)

Other attractions in Bago :

28 Replies to “Myanmar Bago : Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha – Outdoor”

    1. Dear Sarah,

      There are 2 reclining Buddha in Bago city and Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha is located outdoor which make this Buddha quite unique. Others reclining buddha usually situated indoor.

    1. Dear TheSuperMomLife,

      Myanmar is still far backwards compared to Thailand and Vietnam in South East Asia. Many aren’t feel so comfortable to visit yet. Hope it gets catch up with the rest of South East Asian countries very soon.

  1. Hot Chips, yes please, looks so yummy! I have never heard of Bago, It sounds like a wonderful adventure and would love to go some day. I like the history surrounded by the Reclining Buddha, it’s fascinating. Great photos!

    1. Dear Sparky,

      It was not overcrowded with tourists when I was there. The outdoor Buddha in Bago has lesser tourist and there aren’t any souvenirs nearby so tourists usually spend 15 – 20 mins to look at and move to other historical sites.

  2. Bago looks like a very pretty city to visit. The reclining looks very interesting. The food that you shared pictures of looks delicious. Looks like you had a wonderful day trip to Bago.

    1. Dear Jessica,

      Thanks for your comment. Anyone who is travelling to Yangon should include Bago town too, just two hours drive from Yangon. There are 4 important historical site in Bago and one of them is the outdoor Reclining Buddha.

  3. I have never seen a reclining Buddha before. I would be curious to see that up close. I am sure it would be a unique experience. I love all the pictures of food you have as well. Looks delicious.

  4. Sounds like a wonderful destination to visit, even just for an afternoon. I’m sure seeing it in person is impressive. It looks huge!

  5. Nice place to visit in the vacation. This place look really simple and calm. That Buddha statue is amazing. The foods also made me hungry.

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