Bago Attractions

Myasigon Paya - Bago Myanmar

Though not as well known as Shwesandaw, this is the most interesting of the three Myanmar famous zedi in town. A brick pahto beneath the stupa features glass mosaic arches, paintings taungoo Myanmar kings and a huge, bronze and silver-faced sitting Buddha in royal attire. The image is surrounded by planet Buddhas for specific planets, corresponding to the days of the week, andan arrangement usually reserved for stupas. Smaller Myanmar Buddhas, some of them old, are displayed in glass cases...

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Thayekhittaya - Bago Myanmar

About 8km east of the Aung San statue in the neighbouring Myanmar village of Hmawza, this Myanmar ancient site known to Pali-Sanskrit scholars as Sri Ksetra is an enormous Pyu city that ruled in the area from the 5th to 9th centuries AD. Local legend links its origin to the mythical Myanmar King Dattabaung, who supposedly worked with ogres and other Myanmar supernatural creatures to build the “magical city” in 443BC. The earliest Pali inscriptions found here date to the...

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Payagyi Paya - Bago Myanmar

This towering Myanmar pagoda stands on the road to Thayekhittaya, about 1.5km east of the Myanmar bus station in Pyay. Payagyi Paya served as one of the four corners that bounded that Myanmar ancient town, its breasts like structure is slightly swollen, with some vegetation growing out of cracks in the exposed bricks. Three terraces encircle it from its base; “ladies” are not allowed on the upper one. The modern hti is lit up at night. It history is linked...

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Shwesandaw Paya - Bago Myanmar

Shwesandaw Paya is set on top a hill in the centre of Pyay Myanmar, the stunning Shwedandaw paya is not only Pyay’s biggest point of interest, but one of the country’s biggest Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Myanmar. Just over 1m taller than the Myanmar main zedi at Yangon’s Shwedagon call it Shwe-D Myanmar Shwesandaw stupa follows the classic Myanmar Burma design seen at Bagan’s Shwezigon. Myanmar Legend goes that it was built by a couple of Myanmar merchants in 589BC...

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Pyay, Prome - Bago Myanmar

In Myanmar, Pyay is quiet, stupa-studded Myanmar Ayeyarwaddy river side town, 294km north of Yangon Myanmar. Pyay is at the cross roads for bumpy bus rides west to Ngapali Beach in Myanmar, and less bumpy bus rides north to Bagan main Myanmar tourist place. Over the years it’s practically seen more archaeologists than travelers, due to the much-excavated ancient Pyu capital of Myanmar Thayekhittaya, 8km east. But Pyay can fill a good day, with the ruins, hilltop Myanmar pagodas the...

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Shwegugale Paya - Bago Myanmar

A little beyond Myanmar Mahazedi, this Myanmar Shwegugale zedi has dark go around the circumference of the cylindrical superstructure. The monument dates to 1494 and the reign of Myanmar king Byinnya Yan. Inside are 64 seated Myanmar Buddha figures. From here you can take a short cut back to the corner in the road, just before the shwethalyaung Myanmar Bago...

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Maha Kalyani Sima - Bago Myanmar

This Sacred hall of ordination was originally constructed in 1476 by Myanmar King Dhammazedi, the famous alchemist Myanmar king and son of Myanmar Queen Shinsawpu. It stands beside the road enroute from the triain station to the shwethalyaung in Myanmar Bago. Maha Kalyani Sima was the first of 397 similar sima, Myanmar king Dhammazedi built around Myanmar country, copying plans brought back from Sri Lanka. Philip De Brito, the renegade Portuguese adventurer, burnt it down in 1599 during his period...

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Kyaik Pun Paya - Bago Myanmar

There’s something uncannily impressive about these four seated Myanmar Buddhas with regal gazes that seem to see all, about 1.5 km out of bago just off the Yangon road. Built in 1476 by Myanmar King Dhammazedi, it consists of four 30 m high sitting Myanmar Buddhas placed back to back around a huge, square pillar. According to Myanmar legend, four Mon sisters were connected with the construction of the Myanmar buddhas; it was said that if any of them should...

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Hintha Gon Paya - Bago Myanmar

Located behind the Myanmar Bago Shwemawdaw pagoda, this shrine has good views over Myanmar Bago town from the roofed platform on the hilltop. According to Myanmar legend, this Myanmar Bago pagoda was the one point rising from the sea when the mythological bird landed here. A stature of the bird, looking rather like the figures on opium weights, tops the hill. This Myanmar stupa was built by U Khanti, the Burmese hermit monk who was also the architect of Myanmar...

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Kanbawzathadi Palace and Museum - Bago Myanmar

The original site of Hanthawady, which surrounded a former Mon place, was excavated just south of the huge shwemawdaw Paya in Myanmar Bago. Walled in the Mon style, the square city measured 1.8 km along each side and has 20 gates. The palace compound in the centre, known as Kanbawzathadi, housed Myanmar King Bayinnaung from 1553 to 1599 and covered 82 hectares. About 26 hectares of this area have been excavated. The small, well stocked, octagon shaped museum displays Mon,...

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Shwemawdaw Paya in Myanmar stands northeast of Myanmar train station. You can’t miss this Myanmar stupa, as its height of 114 m dominates Bago town. The Shwemawdaw Myanmar paya is said to be over 1000 years old and was originally build by the Mon King to the height os 23m to enshrine two hairs of Buddha. In 825 Myanmar Shwemawdaw Paya was raised to 25m and then to 27m in 840. In 982 a sacred tooth was added to the...

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Shwethalyaung Buddha - Bago, Myanmar

This Myanmar reclining Buddha is so big that from looking up from the bottom steps it’s impossible to determine exactly what’s ahead of you. The golden slap you see is only the torso. Measuring 55 m long and 16 m high and Myanmar Shwethalyaung Pagoda is 9 m longer than the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho in Bangkok, but still 19 m short of the Myanmar Buddha in Dawei. You’ll find the Shwethalyaung to the west of the Yangon Bago...

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