Hintha Gon Paya

Buddhist Stupa in Bago

Located a short walk behind Shwemawdaw Paya, this shrine was once the only place in this vast area that rose above sea level, and so it was the natural spot for the hamsa of legend to land. Images of this mythical bird decorate the stupa, which was built by U Khanti, the hermit monk who was the architect of Mandalay Hill.

You can walk here by taking the steps down from the side of the Shwemawdaw from the main entrance. Hintha Gon is a major place of nat (spirit being) worship and festivals, and with a bit of luck you’ll catch the swirling, veiled forms of masculine-looking nat dancers accompanied by the clanging and crashing of a traditional orchestra.