The temple once stood a standing Buddha in 1907. Quoting the description from Lonely Planet, “but one day he got tired and collapsed into a heap on the floor, whereupon he was replaced with monster-sized lazy reclining buddha you see today”.
I took a closer look and not really sure if the crown is really encrusted with diamonds and gems.
Like most of the reclining Buddha image that is often gigantic in size, this reclining Buddha measured at 65 meters.
Visitors can take photo from an elevated platform near the feet of the Buddha. This is also a small shrine housed a monk with super power (who can stop rain) – Ma Thay. His gilded statue has unique posture with head slightly tilting upwards. The miniature statue can been seen as souvenir at Bogyoke Aung San Market.
Entrance is free and it is a popular tourist site for standard tour route. There is another slightly smaller reclining Buddha at Bago (Shwe Thar Hlyaung Pagoda).
The monasteries nearby teach meditation and house hundreds of monks.
You can walk across the street and visit another impressive sitting Buddha at Ngahtatgyi Paya.