Postcard Friendship Friday 078: The reclining Buddha in Bago, Myanmar

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My entry this week is from Myanmar, my first one from our ASEAN neighbour.
The largest Buddha statue in Myanmar is found in Shwethalyaung pagod in Bago, Myanmar. pagoda

According to Wikipedia:

The Shwethalyaung Buddha is a reclining Buddha in the west side of Bago (Pegu), Burma (Myanmar). The Buddha, which has a length of 55 m (180 ft) and a height of 16 m (52 ft), is the second largest Buddha in the world, after the 74 m reclining Buddha in Dawei (Tavoy). The Buddha 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.
Although I live in Phnom Penh where Rangoon, the capital of Burma, is a short plane-ride away, I have never ever set foot there yet. Perhaps with the recent opening up of the country, my dream of visiting Myanmar will finally be realised in the coming months. 
It is difficult to find someone from Myanmar to arrange postcard swaps with. So I have to thank my good friend, Lee Hock Peng, for sending me this postcard. I’m so grateful for friends like him, albeit virtual, who never forget to include me in their “mailing list” every time they go on a trip.

Godspeed, Lee.

3 thoughts on “Postcard Friendship Friday 078: The reclining Buddha in Bago, Myanmar

  1. He sure looks relaxed.<br /><br />Reminds me of the great lyrics from the song &quot;One Night in Bangkook&quot;<br /><br /><i>&quot;This grips more more than would a muddy old river or reclining Buddha&quot;</i>

  2. This card reminds me of a reclining Buddha I saw in Bangkok, same thoughts w/ dmarkds. :)<br /><br />You&#39;re right, it&#39;s hard to arrange a swap w/ someone from Myanmar. I have two cards and it&#39;s both from a friend who went there for a trip. The first card is posted on my blog, I believe you&#39;ve seen it 🙂 I&#39;ll post the other one soon. I wish I can go to Myanmar, too! And oh, I

  3. Love this picture too. But it reminds me of something else: Alice who swallowed a sweet in Wonderland and started to grow, grow and grow and finally had her head stick out of the chimney. Happy PFF

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