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  • Address: Bago, Myanmar
Bago lies about 85 kilometers north of Yangon and was founded in 573 AD. The city was one called Pegu by the British and used to be the capital of the powerful Mon Kingdom for centuries. According to records, Bago was then still connected to the ocean and was actually known as Burma’s largest seaport. Travelers from far and near boasted about its size and beauty when returning home from their journeys. These days, the power of the once important empire can only be guessed at by visiting the many sights Bago has to offer. Among those are many small and big Buddha statues, pagodas, ceremonial items and gardens. 

One of the biggest and oldest reclining Buddhas in the world, which was only rediscovered in 1881, when workers started clearing the jungle for a new train route from Yangon to Bago can be found in the city. Even older are the four 27-meter-tall Buddhas, which were built by King Migadippa in the 7th century, sitting back to back at the entrance to the city. They guard Bago rigidly, greeting people who enter and leave from all directions. Food for thought offers the Kya Khat Wine Monastery, where the 1,000 monks line up soundlessly and in orderly queues every morning at 11am for the last meal of the day. When witnessing the monks exact routine, speaking and interfering is not allowed and visitors have to adhere to a strict observing only policy. During the afternoons though, the monastery is a lot less crowded and might appeal more to people who like the tranquil setting.

Practical Ingo

Bago lies about 80 kilometers northeast of Yangon in the Bago Division of Myanmar. Busses to Bago leave from the corner of Strand and Sule Pagoda Road and from the Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal in Yangon. To get around in Bago you need a Taxi, a motorbike with driver or a bicycle, as the sights are too far apart for walking.

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Small-Group Tour: Kyaiktiyo Pagoda and Bago from Yangon with Lunch, Yangon, null
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Small-Group Tour: Kyaiktiyo Pagoda and Bago from Yangon with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

This tour is for the guests who stay in Myanmar only a few days and want to see the Golden Rock Pagoda and the best highlights and interesting places in Bago. ...  Read more

Location: Yangon, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $133.00
Private Cultural Day Trip to Bago from Yangon, Yangon, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Cultural Day Trip to Bago from Yangon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Explore Bago Hantharwaddy Kingdom and various ancient pagodas with our professional English speaking local guide. Learn some history and architectures of Han ...  Read more

Location: Yangon, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.00
Bago Full-Day Tour from Yangon, Yangon, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Bago Full-Day Tour from Yangon

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Bago, formerly known as Hanthawaddy of Mon Kingdom in 15th century. Your professional English speaking guide will bring you to some popular landmarks and ...  Read more

Location: Yangon, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.00
Royal Golden Bago Kambazathadi Day Trip from Yangon, Yangon, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Royal Golden Bago Kambazathadi Day Trip from Yangon

Pégou, which Burmese write Bago since 1989, is a city of Burma, capital of the region of the same name. It is located 80 km northeast of Rangoon. The ...  Read more

Location: Yangon, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $105.00

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