Photo: The incredible Laykyun Sethyar at Bodhi Tataung.

Bodhi Tataung

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The amazing Bodhi Tataung standing Buddha image, Laykyun Sethyar, towers 130 metres above the surrounding countryside. There’s some debate, but the consensus seems to have China’s Spring Temple statue -- also a standing Buddha -- as the world’s tallest statue, with Monywa’s effort weighing in second. Not bad for little Monywa!

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On a low hill on a plain to the east of town, it can be seen from most of Monywa, which fortunately compensates for the huge open-cast copper mine to the west, which can also be seen from any part of town with a view. The site is some 20 kilometres southeast of town, with Thanboddhay Monastery and its 500,000-plus Buddha images being found around half way, so it makes sense to visit the two on the same trip out.

Oh, just the view from the car park. Photo taken in or around Bodhi Tataung, Monywa, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

Oh, just the view from the car park. Photo: Mark Ord

The main entrance to the site, indicated by a pair of huge white elephants, has one of the Burmese special seated Buddha gardens (see also Hpa-an’s Lumbini), with row upon row of perfectly aligned and approximately life-sized images set in an expansive grove of trees.

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