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Shwe Thalyaung Pagoda

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Some Dawei tourist literature claims that Shwe Thalyaung Pagoda is the country’s largest.

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Though it’s actually a mere speck compared to Malwlamyine’s Win Sein Taw Ya, the reclining Buddha image at Shwe Thalyaung is at least Dawei’s largest.

The low-key, quiet little temple isn’t if the truth be told the most exciting tourist destination around but it is only a few kilometres out of town and makes for an agreeable ride in the country if you’ve hired a bike in town.

The setting is pleasant with trees and plantations surrounding a gold chedi and the reclining Buddha image. A path leads uphill through the rubber trees from the statue so you ought to get a decent view from the top. The temple is a tranquil spot with just the one snack and tea shop by its entrance and without the pilgrim-filled carpark and souvenir stalls of Mawlamyine’s larger version.


How to get there
Head up Arzarni Road and take the fork to the right which is the start of the highway to Myeik. You’ll pass by paddy and rubber plantations, while to the east, on your left, you’ll see a hill a short distance off the road. The temple is at the foot of the hill so look out for the sealed access road with a gold painted gate on that side of the highway.

The temple lies around a kilometre up the side road and in total is around eight kilometres from town.

Shwe Thalyaung Pagoda
8km from Dawei

Location map for Shwe Thalyaung Pagoda

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