Kanbawzathadi Palace

Myanmar (Burma)

At the heart of ancient Hanthawady was the Kanbawzathadi Palace. All that remains of the original are fragments of the huge teak posts that once held up part of the building. The stumps have been left in situ, while the posts themselves occupy a museum that's a gaudy gold-painted reconstruction of the Great Audience Hall, originally dating from 1599.

Another reconstructed building in the compound is the Bumble Bee Throne Hall, which was once the king's sleeping chamber.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Myanmar (Burma) attractions

1. Shwemawdaw Paya

0.52 MILES

A zedi (stupa) of washed-out gold in the midday haze and glittering perfection in the evening, the 374ft-high Shwemawdaw Paya lords it over Bago. At the…

2. Clock Tower

0.68 MILES

Now digitised, the clock tower sits in the centre of town.

3. Snake Temple

0.87 MILES

Myanmar has several temples where real live snakes are worshipped – the humongous Burmese python at Bago's is reputed to be over 125 years old. At least…

4. Market

0.89 MILES

Bago's covered market is lively and best visited early in the day.

5. Hintha Gon Paya

0.91 MILES

This temple stands atop what was once the only place in this vast area that rose above sea level, so it was the natural spot for the hamsa of legend to…

6. Kya Kha Wain Kyaung

1.16 MILES

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…

7. Hindu Temple

1.44 MILES

Surrounded by a moat and undergoing extensive restoration at the time of writing, this is Bago's principal Hindu temple.

8. Maha Kalyani Sima

1.94 MILES

This ‘Sacred Hall of Ordination’ was originally constructed in 1476 by Dhammazedi, the famous alchemist king and son of Queen Shinsawpu. Like almost…