Travel 2 hours outside of Yangon and you’ll reach the historic ancient city of Bago ( formerly Pegu). This small, scrappy but interesting town contains plenty of pagodas and small monasteries to visit. As capital of the region, Bago is the perfect day trip from Yangon.
Our first visit was to Shwemawdaw Paya, smaller than the one in Yangon but the tallest in Myanmar at 376ft.
When visiting you are required to pay the compulsory $10 per person foreigners fee to visit the town of Bago, but it’s valid for all of the town’s sights. There is also a small shoe minders fee but this is optional. We arrived early morning and we were the only people there other than a few locals and some monks.
The hti (top part of the pagoda) broke off during the 1917 earthquake and toppled over but has now been mounted into the structure of the stupa.
Next we went to the reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha, a short drive from the Shwenawdaw Pagoda. The story of why this extravagant Buddha was constructed is painted behind the statue and is worth asking your guide about. It’s a great legend!
N.B TOP TIP: Almost all of Bago’s sights charge additional charges for cameras (K300) and video cameras (K500).
We visited another pagoda but I forgot to write down the name. There were no tourists here so it was quite nice to be alone. Only men could climb to the top so Leo went up and took a couple of pictures. I wasn’t too bothered about climbing it anyway, there were far too many steps for my liking 🙂
Alternatives for visit Bago is pairing it with a visit to the Golden Rock in southern Myanmar. Unfortunately we had limited time before we were due to depart for Bagan but we strongly recommend visiting the Golden Rock as well!
Have you visited Bago? Did you visit any other sites that were interesting?