Myanmar (Burma)

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

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Nearby Myanmar (Burma) attractions

1. Clock Tower

0.24 MILES

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

2. Kya Kha Wain Kyaung

0.45 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…

3. Hindu Temple

0.71 MILES

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

4. Kanbawzathadi Palace

0.89 MILES

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…

5. Shwemawdaw Paya

1.09 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…

6. Four Figures Paya

1.11 MILES

If you can’t get enough of buddha statues, check out these four buddha figures standing back to back. An adjacent open hallway has a small reclining…

7. Maha Kalyani Sima

1.12 MILES

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

8. Naung Daw Gyi Mya Tha Lyaung

1.16 MILES

This serene reclining buddha with chiselled facial features, sprawled out over 250ft, was built in 2002 with public donations. They're still raising money…