Bago City MyanmarCity Myanmar
Story in Bago, Myanmar (Burma)
In 573 AD Bago was allegedly established by two Mon lords from Thaton who saw a woman named ''Hamsa'' (mythological bird) stand on the back of a man named''Hamsa'' on an isle in a vast sea. As a promising sign, they established a kingly city on the shore of the sea named Hanthawady (from the Pali-Sanskrit "Hamsavati", which means "the realm of Hamsa").
Hanthawady evolved during the later monodynastic epochs (1287-1539) into a 1 kilometer city with 20 entrances and became the center of the Ramanadesa Empire, which comprised all of South Burma. In 1539 the Bamar took over when King Tabinshwehti Bago attached Bago to his Taungoo king.
Early Europeans - who knew the city as Pegu - often referred to it as an important maritime town. The Mon founded Bago again as their capitol in 1740, after a phase of subjugation to Taungoo, but in 1757 King Alaungpaya dismissed and demolished the city. The king Bodawpaya, who reigned from 1782 to 1819, reconstructed it to a certain degree, but when the flow of the stream altered, the city was severed from the ocean and no longer served as a dock.
Bago, Myanmar in three Stunden
In general, we try not to drive through a city by car, but when we were confronted with a three-hour coach in one of Myanmar's most historical towns, we had to make the most of it! "Who can show us the city' s attractions for 10.000 kyats? "Maung was our man.
Off by motorcycle, through crowded cows, tenth cent. Temples, snakes abbeys, one of the biggest Buddhas in the whole wide range, and somehow we still had enough days to study how to wheel a cigar and how to eat a beetle walnut. Bago's mad part ( "The Port of Pegu" in its heyday) is that it was the most mighty city in Myanmar and the hub of a trading net that stretched across the Indian Ocean until the eighteenth centuries.
History tells that the city has accumulated so much fortune that it created horrible feuding with the neighbouring capitol up to the devastation of Pegu. Among the most important pieces of jewellery preserved is the shhwemawdaw pavilion from the tenth centuries. Though Maung was not a real travel leader, it was even more interesting to hear what the Pongo means to him as a native.
Walking across the site we looked into small temples with local people who prayed or at the end of the afternoon were looking for some rest (like having a smoke with your friend and Buddha). No sooner had we exited the temple than Maung was undressed for the Beetle Mother Stands. He rolled the sheets with tabacco and anise, cardoon and carnation for "sweetness".
" Every ingredient that was new looked good, so... when they were in Bago. The next stop was a roll shop for cigars - mainly because Maung had a crush on one of the people. So we went to the low-lying wood room where women worked with tobaccos, roll papers (sheets) and filter papers (rolled newspapers ) at their wards.
It was a great opportunity to chat with them, learn more about the business, try a newly wrapped cigarette and watch Maung work on his mouth. However idiosyncratic and perhaps even laughable it may be, a trip to the Snake Monastery in Bago is a must. The Bago is home to one of the biggest lying Buddhas in the globe, but the work of art from the tenth centuries has suffered much harm in the years of desolation, and Maung was confident that we would find this new Mya Tha Lyaung Buddha better.
Bago, a city in the shadow of its larger neighbours and its chequered past, is still a brave little city that is well suited for a full days excursion from Yangon or a stay. If you can find a boyfriend like Maung while you're there, you'll be especially happy that you came.