The city of Bago used to be the capital of the southern Burma. Being located 80km north-east of Yangon, Bago has many religious sites and relics of what was the palace of the city.
At the first sight, the city does not seem attractive, but visitors are charmed by the density of Buddhist pagodas and temples filled with treasures it owns. The visit to Bago generally takes place in a day as the city is relatively small in size.
During your stay in Burma, a visit to Bago in a day will be a great way to get away from Yangon and enjoy the extraordinary religious architecture of Myanmar.
1. Bago: Practical Information
By bus: Bago can be reached by bus from the main cities of Burma. From Yangon, you can take a two-hour journey for 5 USD.
By train: The train offers an easy way to come and go from Yangon.
By taxi: By taxi from Yangon, the journey will cost between 40 and 50 USD.
For traveling in the city of Bago, the simplest and most economical means are walking and cycling. Indeed, all the monuments are located within a radius of 2km. Allow a maximum of 1.5 USD for bike rental.
You can also rent a scooter or tuk-tuk for 4.5 USD per day.
If you want to spend the night in Bago, allow 50 USD for a room in the best hotel in the town.
You don’t need to worry about eating and drinking. Indeed, small restaurants are very numerous in the town, and they serve soup, noodles and other typical Burmese dishes. For 0.8 USD, you can buy most of the local dishes.
2. What to do and visit in Bago?
During your trip to Bago in Burma, the main activity will be to stroll through the city and visit the religious monuments to enjoy the spirituality.
Know that you will have to pay a fee of 10000 kyats (or 7.6 USD) to visit most of the sites of Bago.
Here are the three main religious monuments of the city:
– Mahazedi Pagoda: This ancient Stupa has recently been wonderfully restored. Only men can climb to its summit, from where it is possible to have a beautiful view of the city. You will not have to pay a fee for your visiting and spend the only 300kyat (or 0.2USD) to get the right to take pictures.
– Shwe Thar Lyaung Pagoda: There you will find an elongated Buddha, 55m in length and 16m in height; it is the third largest Buddha in the country. It is said that this Buddha was built in 994, during the reign of King Mon Migadepa. You will have to pay the fee for your entrance.
– The Buddha of Martha Lang: Probably one of the most beautiful sites in the city. In its green setting, it is located to the west of a small lake, where dozens of turtles crowd at dinner time, just before sunset.
Do not hesitate to leave Yangon a day to discover the monuments of Bago. The town has a lot of religious relics, which demonstrates the reverence for Buddhism in the country.