Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Chaukhtatgyi Paya (Reclining Buddha)The scent of fresh flowers and burning incense heralds your arrival at this larger-than-life Buddha statue, measuring 213 feet long. The eyes alone reach almost six feet in length! You’ll feel like an ant standing in front of its draped gold robes and bright white face, which is dramatically made up with cherry-red lips and blue eye shadow. Chaukhtatgyi Paya is truly a vision from head to toe: the crown is covered with a variety of precious stones, including diamonds, while the feet are graced with more than 100 lakshanas, depictions of Buddha’s physical and spiritual characteristics.