The Shwethalyaung Buddha is one of the largest reclining Buddha images in Burma. It is housed in the Shwethalyaung Paya in Bago, an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists who come here to pay homage to the Buddha.
The image measuring 55 meters long and 16 meters high depicts the Buddha just before death and entering into Nirvana. A similar reclining Buddha, the Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha which is another 10 meters longer can be found in nearby Yangon.
In front of the Shwethalyaung pagoda is another very large reclining Buddha, the Mya Thar Lyaung, a more recent image out in the open, not sheltered by a temple structure.