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Destination

Around the Hotel

Daily: 4am to 9pm |

Admission Fees: US$ 2

SHWE-THA-LYAUNG RECLINING BUDDHA (10 MINS DRIVE)

Built by the Mon in 994 this big Buddha was restored several times but was overgrown by the jungle after the total destruction of Bago by the Burmans in 1757. The 55 meter long and 16 meter high reclining Buddha is well known in Bago. It was rediscovered in 1880 and restored again several times to bring it to this condition. This huge reclining Buddha with a sign on the platform in front of the image giving the measurements of each body part. It is reputed to be one of the most lifelike of all reclining Buddhas. The Myanmar people say that the image represents Buddha in a 'relaxing' mode.

Measurements of the reclining Buddha Image

Height at the shoulder is 52.5 feet (16m). Extent of the face is 22.5feet (6.9m). Lengthwise dimension of the throat is 7.5 feet (2.3m). Length of the upper torso is 47.5 feet (14.5m). Length of the ear is 15 feet (4.6m). Length of the eyebrows is 7.5 feet (2.3m). Width of the mouth is 7.5 feet (2.3m). Width of each eye is 3.5feet (1.1m). Bridge of the nose is 7.5 feet (2.3m). Length of the sole of the foot is 25.5 feet (7.8m). Dimension of the palm lengthwise is 22 feet (6.7m). Height of the big toe is 6 feet (1.8m).

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SHWEMAWDAW PAGODA (10 MINS DRIVE)

The Shwemawdaw or 'Great Golden God Pagoda' of Bago has been growing for more than 1000 years. The Shwemawdaw Pagoda whose spire can be seen behind this impressive entrance portal was originally built by the Mon to a height to 23 meters in the 8th century and was rebuilt higher several times until it finally reached its present 114 meter stature in 1954. The pagoda was originally built by 2 merchants; Taphussa and Bhalita to house some hair relics of the Buddha. Over the centuries it has become the tallest of the Burmese pagodas. As with other pagodas, this growth in size occurred during numerous reconstruction periods, usually following great earthquakes. The most recent quake in 1930, nearly leveled the ancient structure and it was not until 1952 that it again dominated the Bago skyline. Legends say that enshrined beneath the towering pagoda are the hairs and teeth of the Buddha. Because of these relics, Shwemawdaw is visited by throngs of Buddhist pilgrims during all hours of the day and night. ...

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KYAIK PUN BUDDHA IMAGES (10 MINS DRIVE)

Kyaik Pun Pagoda is in the form of four gigantic Buddha images all in sitting posture facing the four cardinal points of the compass. They are seated back to back against a massive brick pillar. This unusual and impressive pagoda is only a few hundred feet off the Yangon-Bago road. It was built by King Dhamma Zedi in 1476 A.D. They are kept in a fair state of preservation. Kyaik Pun pagoda is situated amidst the lush rugged countryside strewn with a large number of ancient ruins many of which are under repair. According to a legend four mon sisters were connected with the construction of the images. It was said that if one of them marry. one of the Buddha would collapse. ...

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MAHAZEDI PAGODA (15 MINS DRIVE)

There are many other famous pagodas in Bago like the Mahazedi (the Great Stupa) built by King Bayinnaung in 1560 A.D and Hinthakone Pagoda which you should see.
It is known that the pagoda enshrines a tooth-relic brought from Sri Lanka. Tradition has it that Hinthakone is the hill where the two sacred mythical ducks called Hintha (Hamsa) alighted when only the very top of the hill was above the ocean.
The name Hantha-wadi or Hamsavati by which Bago and her kingdom were known originated from this name. ...

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HINTHARGONE PAGODA (15 MINS DRIVE)

Just behind the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, it has good views over Bago from the hilltop. It is believed to be the tiny-spot of legendary source which hillock is decorated with small shrine and the symbolic figure of the female Hansa bird perching on the back of the male one. ...

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Daily: 9am to 5pm |

Admission Fees: US$4

KANBAWZA THADI GOLDEN PALACE & MUSEUM (10 MINS DRIVE)

Kanbawza Thadi the famous palace of King Bayinnaung (1551-1581 A.D.) is being extensively excavated and some buildings are being rebuilt. King Bayinnaung was the founder of the Second Myanmar Empire which stretched from the borders of India to parts of Thailand and Laos. In 1566 A.D. he built a new capital city called Hanthawadi which is now Bago. To the south of the Shwe-Maw-Daw Pagoda he built a grand palace which he named “Kanbawza Thadi Palace”.
Excavations at the palace site were started on 25th April 1990. The Archaeological Department has now excavated six mounds which revealed the brick foundations and plinths of the old palace. Many teak pillars, some with inscriptions were also found. The Settaw Saung, one of the main rooms of the palace has been reconstructed and the work is 90 percent finished. Also the main Audience Hall (the Lion Throne Room) is being rebuilt. The palace site transferred to the Archaeology Department comprises of 9.662 acres. The reconstructed 16th century palace of Hanthawadi and the whole palace site will become a main tourist attraction in the near future. ...

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SHWE GU LAY PAGODA (5 MINS DRIVE)

This zedi dates back to 1494 and the reign of King Byinnya Yan. What sets it apart from other payas is a circular tunnel that surrounds the foundation of the structure. Inside the tunnel are 64 Buddha images that are placed through the length of the circular chamber. ...

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KALYARNI SIMA (10 MINS DRIVE)

The essential building for Buddhist Order is no doubt that of Sima or Ordination Hall. It is one of the Simas built by King Dhammazeddi in 15 century. The remarkable fact is that it was erected in the form of Kalyarni Sima at Sri-Lanka and 10 lithic inscriptions of its' vicinity recount a detailed intercourse of Myanmar and Sri-Lanka in religious affairs. ...

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Snake Monastry (20 mins drive)

Dubbed the Snake Monastery, the source of its name soon becomes apparent once visitors enter the shrine dedicated to the serpent that lives within. Slithering free in a large chamber that contains both Buddhist statues and visiting devotees is an exceedingly large Burmese python.
Thought to be the reincarnation of a former abbot, the snake is reputed to be over a century old. It was last measured at just over five meters in length and easily is as thick as an average human thigh. Should the snake need to be moved, it takes at least five monks to transport the serpent.
Given its status as a former monk, the python is often left offerings by pilgrims who come by the monastery, the offerings frequently being financial support or food. It is possible for foreigners to come close enough to touch the python, though some may settle for the safe but no less impressive option of watching it get fed, which usually involves the snake swallowing a helpless whole chicken. ...

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THE LOCAL PUB

There are a few traditional local pub around the town where people go to drink something called ‘Dodi juice’ which is made from the fruit in the trees all around us. It tastes a bit like sour cider. ...

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WOOD CURVING FACTORY ( 15MINS DRIVE)

Just near the Four Buddhas, there is a woodcarving ‘factory’ which is basically just a house but the whole garden has been converted into what looks like a sweatshop. Dozens of young workers were bent over making all sorts of ornate carvings. Some of the workers are part of the family which owns the business but others come along and are paid for each piece they make. Most of the woodcarvings are exported to China. ...

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