Pegu - ancient centre of the Mon kingdom

Pegu - ancient centre of the Mon kingdom

In Pegu (Bagu) you’ll discover that impressive pagodas and treasures can still be found is small, out-of-the-way places, even ones once lost to the jungle. Just on from the Shwemawdaw Pagoda reclines the fifty-five metre Shwethalyaung Buddha, uncovered by railway workers in the 1800s after centuries of obscurity. Standing with the few locals that gather beneath it, you’ll feel well away from the bustle of Rangoon and as if you’re seeing something few have seen before. And you’ll be right. Though there are plenty of other Buddha images throughout Asia, you’ll strangely have trouble looking away from this massive likeness of an adept ready to enter Nirvana, and be glad it was recovered and restored.

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