Bago was the ancient capital of Mon Kingdom in 15th century and known as Hanthawaddy Kingdom under the Mon. It is located at only 80 km (50 miles) , in the north east of Yangon. Some of the tourist attraction sites are Shwe-maw-daw Pagoda ,Shwe-tha-lyaung (Great Reclining Image of Buddha), the four gigantic Buddha images of Kyaik-pun Pagoda and the reconstructed Kamboza-thadi Palace of King BayinNaung who founded the second Myanmar Empire.
(1) ShweTharLyaungPagoda : It is one of the most famous and beautiful Buddha images of its kinds in Myanmar. It was built in 994 AD by a certain Mon King.
(2) Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda : It is a gold gilded Pagoda dating back at least 1000 years old. It can be ranked with Shwedagon of Yangon. It is 114 meter high and its spire is even taller than the great Shwedagon Pagoda.
(3) Kyaik Pun Pagoda :It is close to Bago on Yangon – Mandalay highway road. These 30 meters high Buddhas are seated back to back facing to four cardinal points.
(4) Hinthar-Gone : It is located on a small hill. Due to its high position Hinthar-Gone is the site to enjoy the panoramic view of the town.
Your hotel in Yangon
Our guide will meet you up at your hotel lobby and drive to Bago (it takes about one and half hours ) , an ancient capital of Mon Kingdom of 13th to 16th centuries.
Tour begins with Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha Image and Shwemawdaw Pagoda the tallest pagoda in Myanmar , then go to Kyakhatwan monastery to see ways of life of the monks and lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon visit Kanbawzathadi palace of King Bayintnaung. Then proceed to Hinthar Gon pagoda , enjoy the view of Bago town from hill top and Kyaik Pun Pagoda which is known for a statue of 4 giant Buddha seated in the 4 points of compass against a massive brick pillar.
Drive back to Yangon, on the way (only If the time is permits) , we will make a stop at Htaut Kyant War Memorial cemetery, which is for allied soldiers from the British Commonwealth who died in battle in Burma during the second world war.