Reclining Buddha, Pataw Padet Island, Myanmar 14 Nov 2016
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This golden reclining Buddha is found on Pataw Padet Island, just off the coast of Myeik in Myanmar. The vast structure is entirely hollow; its interior is decorated with a host of small, pink Buddha icons that tell the story of Buddha’s previous lives.
The island’s name (Pataw Padet) comes from the two hills that dominate each of its ends, and there are several stupas, buildings and religious sculptures on the island. Panoramic views across to the city of Myeik, just over the harbour, can be enjoyed from here.
Myeik itself – just a five-minute boat ride away – is an enchanting and vibrant city with a rich history dating back 500 years, when it enjoyed importance as an international port. Today, the city retains an impressive collection of colonial buildings, some splendid wooden architecture, a lively harbour front and bustling markets. Myeik’s seafront location remains important for its economy: the fish market is one of the largest in Myanmar and it boasts a thriving pearl industry.
Visit Myanmar and enjoy its rich cultural and religious heritage by booking onto Insight Guides’ Myanmar’s Ancient Treasures trip.