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The historical town of Pegu, today Bago, situated about 100 kilometers northeast of Yangon, was founded in 573 by two Mon princes and soon developed into the capital of the most important realm of the Mon, a people, which has in the mean-time been almost completely assimilated into the people of the Burmans.

Although the town had been founded by Mons and was for most of the time mainly inhabited by Mons, Bago often had Burmanese regents. Once, for about 10 years at the beginning of the 17th century, even a Portuguese adventurer established himself as King of the region.

In 1757 the major part of Bago was destroyed by the Burmanese King and Conqueror Alaungpaya. Therefore only a few buildings remind the visitor of the history of the town. They are almost without exception of a religious nature.

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Myanmar / Bago / Attractions in and Around Bago

Attractions in Bago

Shwemawdaw Pagoda

The Shwemawdaw pagoda is similar to the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon and dates back 1,000 years. The parts, which can be visited today have for the most part been built in 1952 and in 1954

Shwethalyaung

Like in Yangon, so you will also find in Bago a famous, lying Buddha statue, Shwethalyaung. But while the statue in Yangon is of modern origin, the 55 meters long and 16 meters high Buddha image of Bago dates back to the year 994. Despite of its size the statue was lost from 1757 when Bago was destroyed until 1881. The British colonial masters found it, while they were building the railway track from Yangon to Bago


Attractions around Bago

KyaikTiyo Pagoda

This pagoda is about 65 kilometers east of Bago. It is interesting, not so much because of its architecture, but due to its prominent location atop an enormous rock at the edge of a cliff. "