Attractions

Buddhist Stupa in Bago

Shwemawdaw Paya

A zedi of washed-out gold in the midday haze and glittering perfection in the evening, the 376ft-high Shwemawdaw Paya stands tall and proud over the town. The stupa reaches 46ft higher than the Shwedagon in Yangon.A…
Buddhist Temple in Bago

Shwethalyaung Buddha

Legend has it that this gorgeous reclining buddha was built by the Mon king Mgadeikpa in the 10th century. Measuring 180ft long and 53ft high, the monument's little finger alone extends 10ft.Following the destructio…
Buddhist Stupa in Bago

Mahazedi Paya

The design of the Mahazedi Paya (Great Stupa), with its whitewashed stairways leading almost to the stupa’s summit, is unusual for southern Myanmar and certainly one of the more attractive religious buildings in Bag…
Buddhist Stupa in Bago

Hintha Gon Paya

Located a short walk behind the Shwemawdaw, this shrine was once the one place in this vast area that rose above sea level, and so was the natural place for the hamsa to land. Images of this mythical bird decorate t…
Monument in Bago

Kyaik Pun Paya

Built in 1476 by King Dhammazedi, the Kyaik Pun Paya consists of four 100ft-high sitting buddhas (Gautama Buddha and his three predecessors) placed back to back around a huge, square pillar, about a mile south of Ba…
Buddhist Stupa in Bago

Shwegugale Paya

A little beyond the Mahazedi Paya, this zedi (stupa) has a dark gu (tunnel) around the circumference of the cylindrical superstructure. The monument dates to 1494 and the reign of King Byinnya Yan. Inside are 64 sea…
Monastery in Bago

Kya Kha Wain Kyaung

The sight of some 500 monks and novices filing out in the early morning from one of largest monasteries in Myanmar to collect alms is worth getting up early for. Otherwise, join the tour groups visiting at 10.30am t…
Buddhist Temple in Bago

Maha Kalyani Sima

This ‘Sacred Hall of Ordination’ was originally constructed in 1476 by Dhammazedi, the famous alchemist king and son of Queen Shinsawpu. Like almost everything in Bago it has suffered a tumbledown history and has be…
Monastery in Bago

Snake Monastery

A story goes that a revered monk had a dream that the python you can see snoozing in this monastery was the reincarnation of a nat; another is that it is the reincarnation of the monk himself.Either way, more than 1…
Palace in Bago

Kanbawzathadi Palace

At the heart of ancient Hanthawady was the Kanbawzathadi Palace, the remains of which have been excavated just south of Shwemawdaw Paya. The stumps of the huge teak posts that held up part of the palace have been le…