Attraction Yangon Myanmar Published on: 13-11-2015

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Bago was formerly known as Pegu. It is a city and the capital of Bago Region in Myanmar. It is located 80 km (about 50 miles) from Yangon.

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Why Bago is special ?

Bago is one of the richest archaeological sites in Myanmar. Apparently Mons were the first to settle at this site. Two Mon brothers Thamala and Wimala from Thaton. first founded the city about 825 A.D. In 13th century A.D. The site. which was then on the Gulf of Martaban. had already been earmarked as the location of a great city by Gautama. the historic Buddha. Bago was made the capital of the Mon Kingdom and it came to be known as Hansavati (Hanthawaddy). It was also the seaport of ancient Mon kings. Then it became the Second Myanmar Empire founded by King Bayinnaung.


What to explore at Bago?

The city of Bago is less than two hours' drive from Yangon. Its former name Pegu is an Anglicism. It is one of the major historical cities in Myanmar as it was the capital of the second Myanmar Empire. Even before that, it has long been a seat of power and flourishing trade center.

In fact, the city is so old that the people today including scholars can not figure out the exact meaning of its name. True, there have been several hypotheses, but none has been fully satisfactory or foolproof. The simple fact is that the name Bago has no meaning in modern Myanmar unless you take it as picking peas. Anyway, it is a short and handy name and a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Bago is a great place to visit as it has plenty of historical buildings and you can do it in a day-return trip from Yangon. Traditionally, the Shwemawdaw Pagoda and the Shwethalyaung Reclining Image constitute the chief tourist attractions of Bago.


How to get to Bago?

From North: If you take a night bus from either Mandalay, Bagan or Inle Lake, it passes through this town early morning. The bus fare is same to Yangon but you can get off here.

From Yangon: Train: $2 for ordinally train. Bus: Many buses from major bus stations, pass this town. Also you can take city bus #51 to Hlegu then take a pickup to save money.


Selling points

  • A place to go in Yangon
  • One of the best day trip in yagon
  • Very well worth to take your time
  • Do not to be missed
  • Best place to enjoy the culture, historic and people in Myanmar

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Tips for you

  • There are also express buses carrying passengers everyday.
  • This is an excellent place to explore by bicycle, as most attractions are near each other. Bikes can be rented at Bago Star Hotel.
    Things to do
  • There are only 3 decent guest houses in Bago. All are on the main road between the river and the train tracks.
  • Acrossing from the Emperor Hotel is Hadaya Restauran with excellent coffee in Myanmar-style or instant.
  • The government fee is not enforced at this place, but you must pay 300 kyat camera fee is.
  • If you take motorbike or tuk-tuk drivers, they also will insist that you need them to avoid the entrance fee, but they want money from you for that service. You need to avoid them.
  • You should make sure to leave your shoes before enter the pagoda.
    What to bring
  • It's better to come early to start your trip for nice space to avoid hot at mid day.
  • If you arrive here early morning, it is possible to stay here for a few hours to see all sight and continue traveling to other destination such as Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan or Inle Lake.
    Things nearby
  • If you take taxi, drivers may suggest avoiding the USD10 government fee for visiting certain pagodas. The fee is only enforced at two places and there only at the main entrance.
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