Bago Tourist AttractionsTourist attractions of Bago
Pagodas & Tempel Bago
It is a city that is rarely frequented by tourist and lies about 90 kilometres northeast of Yangon. It has a long and varied past. Until the middle of the sixteenth centuries, Bago was the capitol of the kingdom of Hanthawaddy, after which it became the capitol of the Taungoo kingdom until 1599.
Legends have it that the Buddha, who once traveled the area, saw a few Hintha bats fly over the water looking for a stop. On the only available space the masculine was placed, which was just big enough for a baby to sit on.
When the Buddha saw this, he predicted that one of these days a town would flourish in this place. There is a nice representation of the prediction in Hintha Gon Paya, a convent called after the Hintha birds, situated on a small mound a few hundred metres east of Shwemawdaw Paya.
There is a wall painting showing the Buddha pointing to the two wings, the woman sitting on the man. There are several pictures of the Hintha aviary, the icon of Bago, in the city. Because of its wealth of historic heritage, Bago is home to many historic places that are well-worth a visit, among them some of the most notable Buddhist convents in the state.
Close to the Palast is the Shwemawdaw Paya, with 116 metres the highest Burmese tower, which can be seen for miles. Mahazedi Paya from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was constructed to preserve a Buddha-relict. Shhwethalyaung Buddha, one of Burma's biggest lying Buddha pictures with a length of 55 metres, was constructed over a thousand years ago.
In 1757, after the destruction of the city of Bago, the picture was lost and covered with dense jungles. A further impressing view is the Kyaik Pun Pagoda from the fifteenth centuries, only a few kilometres away from the city centre of Bago. Buddha's four 27-meter-high pictures lean back to back against a center upright.
A major place of worship for Burmese Buddhists is the Gold Rock and the Kyaikhtiyo Pongo, about 80 kilometres from Bago. There is a temple on a solid rock at the rim of a rocky outcrop, which houses a holy Buddha-Relicie. Any visitor wishing to explore a number of the city's historic landmarks can purchase a Bago Archaeological Site Pass for US$10 per capita.
Most of the sights in the downtown area such as the Shwethalyaung Buddha, Kyaik Pun Paya, Mahazedi Paya and the Shwemawdaw Paya are within this area. It lies about 90 kilometres northeast of Yangon. From Yangon the tour can be a full days excursion. You can reach Bago by rail in about 2hrs.
Situated on the Yangon - Mandalay road. Bago's simplest way to get your bearings is the Trinhaw.