If you have visited all the beautiful scenery in Yangon and have no plans to go anywhere. So Let’s come to Bago city right now. Bago City (Pegu) is the special destination to make your Myanmar tour more interesting.
The Bago City (Pegu) , used to be the capital of Myanmar. It is like a Disney Land park with many colorful religious buildings. It can be said that this small and crowded city contains more statues and temples than any other city of the same size in South Myamar.
All of this makes Bago an ideal travel destination for the simple but wonderful journey from Yagon . Or if you have finished traveling in Yagon, this is the place where next you should go.
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A brief history of Bago City (Pegu)
Bago City (Pegu) was founded in 573 AD by two Monks at Thaton. The two of them saw a bird hamsa roof (legendary bird) standing on a male hamsa on an island in the middle of a large lake. Seeing this as a good omen, they formed the royal city by the lake, called Hanthawady (meaning the kingdom of the hamsa). During the later periods of the Mon Men (1287 – 1539), Hanthawady became the center of the Mon kingdom in southern Myanmar.
The Bamar ruled in 1539 when King Tabinshwehti merged Bago into his Taungoo kingdom. The city is often referred to by former European visitors – who still know Bago as Pegu – as an important seaport.
In 1740, the Mon people, after a long time in Taungoo, reestablished Bago as their capital. But in 1757, Alaungpaya destroyed the city. King Bodawpaya, who ruled from 1782 to 1819, rebuilt the city. But due to the change of river, the city is separated from the sea. So Bago never returned to his glory days.
The best destinations of Bago City
Once upon a time, there was a very vicious king named Mgadeikpa. He ruled the land around Bago. His kingdom is full of turmoil and violence. One day, the king’s son went into the forest and hunted him to a small village. There, he met a Monster girl who made his heart flutter. Although she is a Buddhist, he is like everyone else in the realm of pagan worship, who still love each other and marry after he promises that she can continue to follow Buddhism.
After returning to the palace, the king became enraged when he discovered this and demanded the execution of both men. However, when the bride prayed before the statue of Pagan, the statue cracked and crumbled. The king becomes extremely scared and realizes his sin. He requested the construction of a statue of Buddha and the entire people moved to the Buddha.
The beautiful Buddha statue that you see today is the result of your sad love. Long 180 feet and 53ft tall, Shwethalyaung is an architectural building built by a monarch with a sense of guilt. His fingers were 10ft long.
A golden pyramid at noon and the perfect glow in the afternoon, 376 ft. Shwemawdaw Temple stands across the city. According to an ancient legend, the stupa was originally very small and supercross. But thanks to the Kullasala and Mahasala Revival, two of the hairs were given by Gautama Buddha.
Shwemawdaw Temple is an ideal destination for Bago’s annual festival season in March / April.
Located behind Shwemawdaw, this shrine was once the only place in this place that rises above sea level. So this is usually the place where the bird hamsa bean. A bird statue at the top of the hill. The stupa was built by U Khanti, the ascetic who was a engineer at Mandalay Hill. Visitors can come down here and down the stairs behind Shwemawdaw Temple.
Kyaik Pun Temple
Built in 1476 by King Dhammazedi, Kyaik Pun Temple consists of four statues of 100ft high placed with their backs turned to form a giant square pole. According to legend, the Sons of the Monks participated in the construction of the Buddha; It is said that if one of them marries, a statue will collapse.
Other attractive places to visit are:
- Maha Kalyani Sima
Temple • Shwegugale Temple • Kanbawzathadi
- Kha Khat Monastery Wain Kyaung
- Snake Monastery
A trip to Bago will surely make you feel like a Buddhist mission, learn the story behind the relics will be extremely wonderful.