The INCREDIBLE reclining Buddha – Win Sein Taw Ya

When you think you’ve seen it all, book a flight to Myanmar and visit the biggest reclining Buddha in the world. Even though I’ve seen countless Buddha statues all around southeast Asia, in different shapes and sizes, nothing could have prepared me for the Win Sein Taw Ya Buddha image.

Win Sein Taw Ya - Biggest reclining Buddha in the world, near Mawlamyine

Situated near Mawlamyine, this statue is a must see for those passionate about culture, religion and quirky destinations. Once you arrive in front of Win Sein Taw Ya, you’ll be amazed by its size and grandeur. This jaw-dropping giant Buddha in Myanmar is definitely one of a kind.

Are you planning to backpack Myanmar? Read more about budget, must see destinations and more in this guide.

1. About the Win Sein Monastery and the largest Buddha statue in the world

This huge Buddha statue is situated near Mawlamyine, about 20 kilometers away from the city. Surrounded by a complex of shrines, stupas, statues and monastic buildings, this statue is still a work-in-progress. Although it’s not entirely finished, the statue’s exterior is almost complete.

To read about more amazing things to do in Mawlamyine, click here.

Win Sein Taw Ya - Biggest reclining Buddha in the world, near Mawlamyine

Before getting to the world’s biggest reclining Buddha, you will have to pass by 500 real-sized stone monks walking towards the statues. The surprising thing about them was that each of the monks had different facial features, which gave the impression that they were actually representations of real monks.

Win Sein Taw Ya - Biggest reclining Buddha in the world, near Mawlamyine

Right across of the Win Sein Taw Ya, in 2012 the construction of another statue that looks exactly the same has started. However, this second building is far from being completed and the construction seems to have stopped for the moment.

Win Sein Taw Ya - Biggest reclining Buddha in the world, near Mawlamyine

Once you’ll arrive at the main statue, you will have to climb a few stairs before getting right in front of Win Sein Taw Ya. You will be pleasantly surprised to find out that you can get inside the reclining Buddha and explore a few of its eight floors (the rest are off-limits). The first thing you’ll see will be a small shrine, followed by a series of dioramas about the teachings of Buddhism. The statues depicting the Buddhist scenes were vividly colored but unfortunately the lightning in those rooms was not the best.

Win Sein Taw Ya interior

You can also get to the balcony near Buddha’s ear. It just puts everything into perspective – look how small I am comparing with the ear.

Win Sein Taw Ya - Biggest reclining Buddha in the world, near Mawlamyine

If you have enough time, you can also explore the area around the huge reclining Buddha image. You will find another big statue, many amazing viewpoints, small colorful stupas and the Win Sein Monastery.

Find out which are the most beautiful temples in Myanmar here.

Win Sein Taw Ya - Biggest reclining Buddha in the world, near Mawlamyine

Win Sein Monastery

Good to know: Once you start climbing the stairs towards the statue, you’ll have to take your shoes off. Also, make sure to dress conservatively. For more information about how to dress when visiting the temples in Myanmar, click here.

Win Sein Taw Ya dimensions

This giant reclining Buddha Image has an incredible height of 30 meters and length of 180 meters.

Win Sein Taw Ya entrance fee

The entrance to this site is free but if you want, you can leave a small donation. When you’ll enter inside the statue, you’ll see a panel about how you can contribute to the construction of the largest Buddha statue in the world. No matter how much you’ll choose to donate, it’s a great feeling to contribute to this statue’s construction.

Win Sein Taw Ya - Biggest reclining Buddha in the world, near Mawlamyine

2. How to get to Win Sein Taw Ya

Getting to the biggest reclining Buddha in the world is not that easy. There are no public transport options, but depending on where you’re traveling from you can use a combination of buses and tuk tuks.

Burmese monk in bus

From Mawlamyine

If you are traveling from Mawlamyine to Win Sein Taw Ya, the easiest and most convenient option is to rent a tuk tuk for about 35,000 Kyats (both ways). Depending on how many people you are, you can split the costs. You can find tuk tuks around the city or at the central bus station.

The ride will take about half an hour each way and the tuk tuk driver will wait for you while you are visiting Win Sein Taw Ya.

From Hpa An

Getting to the biggest reclining Buddha in the world from Hpa An is a bit more complicated but doable (this is the itinerary we followed). You will first have to take a bus to Mawlamyine from the Hpa An Clock Tower (ask around the locals for the exact location of the bus stop). The bus ride will take around two hours and it will cost you 1,200 Kyat per person.

Hpa An Clock Tower city center

Hpa An Clock Tower

When you arrive in Mawlamyine at the central bus station, just rent a tuk tuk (read all the details in the section above). You can totally visit Win Sein Taw Ya as a day trip from Hpa An.

Are you planning to explore Hpa An? Read everything you need to know here.

3. Where to stay near Win Sein Taw Ya

If you’re planning to stay in Mawlamyine, I recommend the Royal Hinthar Hotel (it has excellent reviews and the location is great).

If you choose Hpa An as your home base, you should definitely stay at the Hpa An Lodge. It’s comfortable, luxurious and budget friendly.

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