Bago is situated 80 km from the capital, Yangon. Mons have been the first people who settle in this region. At about 825 A.D, Thamala and Wimala, the two prince brothers from thaton came and setup Bago City. In 13th century A.D Bago became the capital of Mon State and well-known as Hanthawady. Today Bago has become the capital of Bago Division. The pagoda one should visit are ShweMawdaw Pagoda, ShweTharLyaung Pagoda. ShweMawddaw Pagoda Festival, uaually held in April, is full of entertainments and shows and a huge throng of pilgrims flock into it.those who want to observe Myanmar lifestyles and traditions should visit Bago City.
Shwethalyaung (Reclining) Buddha Image
The Image is located in Bago. It was during the reign of King MigaDippa the 13th monarch of Hanthawady dynasty that the king and all his subjects became Buddhiss after they were being taught the Buddha’s Dhamma by the King’s daughter-in-law DallaHtaw, a Mon native.The King and the people built the 180 feet long Shinpinthalyaung or Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha Image at Daekalon west of Bago in 356 ME. Its was lost in 1757. When Peguwa pillaged. During British colonial rule, in 1880, the shwethalyaung Buddha was rediscovered under a cover of jungle growth . Restoration began in 1881 and Buddha’s mosaic pillows were added in 1930.
The Shwemawdaw pagoda is one of the venerable pagodas in Myanmar. Located in Bago State, the beautiful town in Myanmar.Shwemawdaw Pagoda is the tallest pagoda in Myanmar.The pagoda height is 114meters, it is 15 meter taller than shwedagon Pagoda. The Mon King constructed this pagoda by enshrining the two hairs from the Buddha. The name of the shwemawdaw means “Great Golden God”.
KanbawzaThadi Golden Palace
KanbawzaThadi palace which was built in during the 16th century by the king Bayinnaung AD 1551. After 15 years, in AD1566, the king founded Hanthawady. The Palace was destroyed by fire during the battle between the King of Rakhine and the King of Taungoo. Excavation of the Palace began on 25 April 1990.The Palace was rebuilt in accord with the Myanmar traditional style of 16th century Hanthawadyperiod.This palace will give a great impression about how wealthy the second Myanmar empire.
The Pagoda was located three furlongs west of Bago-Yangon Highway and two miles six furlongs south-west of Bago in Ottha new town area. Kyaikponis a Mon word meaning four pagodas in Myanmar language. The Pagoda is dedicated to the four Buddha of the Buddha aeon. King Dhammazedi who held the title “YamadipatiThiriparamaMahaDhammayazaDiyaza” built the Pagoda on the 1st waning of Tabodewe, 837 ME. The King consecrated the pagoda on the fullmoon day of Kason, 838ME.