Welcome to Shwebo
Between 1752 and 1755, the leader of little Moksobo village, Aung Zeya, revived Burmese prestige by fighting off both Manipuri and Bago-Mon armies. Rebranding himself King Alaungpaya (or Alaungmintayagyi), his short reign transformed formerly obscure Moksobo into glittering Shwebo ('Golden Leader'), which became, until his death in 1760, the capital of a newly reunified Burma. These days, Shwebo (ေရႊဘို) makes relatively little of its royal history and few foreign tourists bother making a special excursion to see its reconstructed palace. However, if you’re jumping off an Ayeyarwady ferry at Kyaukmyaung, Shwebo makes a pleasant enough staging point from which to reach Bagan (via Monywa and Pakokku) without returning to Mandalay. Shwebo is locally famed for snakes and thanakha and some visitors consider it good luck to take home some earth from ‘Victory Land’, as Shwebo has been known since Alaungpaya’s time.