• Location: Bago region, 80 km away from Yangon
  • Status: capital city of Bago region
  • Population: 1,775,419 (estimated 2002)
  • Area: 13,854.8 square kilometers
  • Religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity
  • Myanmar’s richest archeological site

Located 80 kilometers away from Yangon, Bago, the capital city of Bago region, was built in 825 AD by two Mon brothers from Thaton: Thamala and Wimala. Formerly known as Pegu, the city owns a long-standing history, and it is also among the richest archeological sites of Myanmar. Bagon holds a strong connection with Mon people: apart from being originally settled by the Mons, it was marked as Mon Kingdom's capital and known as Hanthawaddy at that time period. From the year of 1539, the region came under Burma's control again.

When you are at Bago, take time to drop by various Buddhist constructions there. Pay a visit to Shwemawdaw Pagoda, a semi-hemispherical structure (called ‘stupa’) of 114.3 meters, considered the tallest pagoda in Myanmar. This solemn place is also known as the Golden God Temple, and it is believed to enshrine Buddha’s hairs and teeth underneath. Also, in western Bago, the reclining Buddha statue of Shwethalyaung is worth contemplating. Being meticulously made and amazingly lifelike, with a length of 55 meters and a height of 16 meters, this is the second biggest reclining Buddha, after the one in Dawei, Myanmar. According to Burmese people, the statue presents the image of Buddha in a relaxing mode. Another remarkable building is Kyaik Pun Pagoda which is famous for its Four Seated Buddha statue of 27 meters, including four Buddhas named Kakkusana, Kassapa, Konagamana, and Gotama situated to four directions, heading their back to one another. 

Leaving these Buddhist related sites, head to Kanbawzathadi Palace, a destination included in the Archaeology Department of Bago. Originally, in 1556, the palace was built for King Bayinnaung – Second Myanmar Empire’s founder, and it consists of 76 apartments and halls. In 1599, the palace was burned and later has been reconstructed since 1990. Kanbawzathadi Palace promises to be the highlight in any Bago trips in the near future – once its reconstruction is finished. In order to catch a glimpse of nature, take a two hour drive towards the north of Bago in the early morning and you can observe a wide variety of birds at Moeyinghi Park.  Bird watching on boat is an interesting experience for anybody; also, do not forget to use the observation stands.

Last but not least, give Mote Hin Khar a try when you visit Bago. The delicious soup is sold in every morning at a stand shop in the street of San Taw Tywin, in front of the south entrance to Shwemawdaw Pagoda.

Bago Tours

  •  Walk along heritage colonial buidings and visit the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda
  •   Feed and play with little elephants in Winga Baw camp
  •   Join an adventurous hill truck up Kyaikhtiyo mountain with cheering locals
  •   Admire beauty of giant Golden Rock glistering after dark
  •   Take a nature walk to explore intricate nature and daily life of YaThaeTaung village
Experiences :
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  •  Observe the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda shining out after dark
  •   Capture peaceful views while walking through graceful Karaweik lake
  •   Join a silent line and share communal lunch in KhaKhatWain Monastery with local monks
  •   Experience and explore birdlife in unspoilt wetland of Moe Yun Gyi
  •   Uncover idyllic fishing town of Dhala by trishaw
Experiences :
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  •  Explore the mysterious Myanmar with visits to almost ancient city like Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Monywa, etc.
  •   Chance to meet hill tribe people and know more about the Burmese culture.
  •   Soak into the natural beauty of Pyin Oo Lwin.
  •   Get the unforgettable moment with visit to Golden Rock.
  •   Enjoy amazing pictures of local fishermen mixing with the red sunset on Inle Lake.
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  •  Memorable moment to the Yangon's attracted spots.
  •   The most of peaceful atmosphere on Inle Lake
  •   Spectacular view of Bagan on top of Shwedagon
  •   strange architecture style of many pagodas
  •   Know more about the locals' daily life.
Experiences :
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  •  Explore Bago in many places such as pagodas, monasteries and markets.
  •   Have bird-watching in Moeyingy Wetlands and knowledge of many kinds of bird.
  •   Visit local markets and Cheroot factory to learn about local daily life.
  •   Have sightseeing and the time for taking photograph along the tour.
Experiences :
  •  Come to and visit a chain of famous pagodas in Yangon.
  •   Have bird-watching in Moeyingyi wetlands and Pho Kyar forest camp.
  •   Relax and enjoy the beauty of this hill station in Kalaw.
  •   Take a boat trip to Inle Lake and spend a day on visiting and exploring this area.
  •   Come to Bagan and explore some most unique architectures in here.
Experiences :
  •  Watching the birds with various colors and shapes flying in the Myanmar's sky
  •   Exploring Shwemawdaw, Shwetharlyaung and Kyakhat Wine Monastery in Bago
  •   Having a special view of Yangon city under the sky of the night
Experiences :
  •  Discover Yangon with the trip to some of the most famous places and see the unique architecture of Burmese.
  •   Have a great experience with the abundant of bird species.
  •   Visit some other attractive destinations and have relax with fresh air besides the main activity of bird-watching.
Experiences :
  •  Have trekking and cycling trips besides some transfers on car.
  •   Visit some famous pagodas and unique architectures during the tour.
  •   Reach Golden Rock with a lot of pilgrims as your companions and have wonderful views at the summit.
  •   Visit some markets and rural villages for knowledge of local life and taking photographs along the tour.
Experiences :
  •  Experiencing a joyful holiday to two famous cities in Myanmar.
  •   Visiting the well-known Pagodas like Chaukhtatgyi Temple, Botataung Pagoda, and Sule Pagoda
  •   Getting more knowledge about the effort of founding and defending the country of the Burmese in Word War II.
  •   Understanding the life and work of the local people in Myanmar, particular in Yangon and Bago.
Experiences :
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Attractions In Bago

Hintha Gone Pagoda
If you want to enjoy a panoramic view of Bago town from the hilltop, let travel to Hinthargone...
Kan Baw Za Thadi Palace
Located in the south of the famous Shwemawdaw Paya, Kanbawzathadi Palace is one of the famous...
Kyaik Pun Pagoda
Sacred pagodas within and around Bago, Myanmar always impress visitors by the huge size, the...
Maha Kalyani Sima
On the road from the train station to Shwethalyaung in Myanmar, Bago, travelers will have the...
Moeyungyi Wetland Bird Sanctuary
Established in 1986 in order to control the flood to the down Stream of Sittaung River, Moeyungyi...
Shwegugale Pagoda
Shwegugale Pagoda was constructed in 1494 under the reign of King Byinnya Yan. After more than half...
Shwemawdaw Pagoda
The pagodas in Myanmar always make anyone amazed to admire the stunning architecture and great...
Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha Statue
Located in the west of the city, outdoor Shwethalyaung Buddha is the second largest Reclining...

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