80 km northwest of Yangon lies the ancient capital of the Mon Kingdom dating back to the 14th and 16th century. Its impressive 55-metre long and 16 meter high reclining Buddha, know as the Shwethalyaung Buddha, is an interesting spot to visit. Other highlights include: The Shwemawdaw Pagoda (slightly higher than Yangons’ Shwedagon) with its entrance flanked by two huge lion statues, the ordination room Kalyani Sima and the Mahazedi Pagoda.