Bago Myanmar, is located about 80 kilometers north of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. With over 250,000 inhabitants, this is the fourth largest city in the country, although, outside the city center, it gives more the feel of a village. Many travelers leave out Bago, but the city has much to offer.
Bago impressive temples on a day trip
Since Bago is between Yangon and the Golden Rock, you can
plan a stopover here and you should do that! If you are interested in bagan
pagodas and temples, then Bago is an absolute highlight. Many varied
temples await you here and we will introduce you to the most interesting ones
in this article.
Yangon To Bagan Flight
To get from Yangon to Bago, there are 3 options. The
taxi, the bus or the train. We’re on the train to Bago to try something different.
The main train station in Yangon Downtown is easy to reach, also on foot. The
trip takes about 2 hours and costs 1000 kyat per person in the upper class,
which means you have padded instead of wooden seats. Otherwise, it does not
make a big difference.
The tickets for the Ordinary Class you get directly on the
track. For the Upper Class, however, the tickets are only available at the
entrance to the ticket counters. Also, you can only buy the ticket on the day
of departure, a few days before it will not be offered unless you book online. To
get from Yangon to Bago by bus, you need to go to the saw bwar gyi gone bus
station, which is near the airport where you can only take a taxi. The bus
ride takes about as long as the train ride but costs 2000 kyat. Unfortunately,
we do not know any taxi fares to Bago, you should ask them locally.
Note: Of course you can also drive from the other direction
from Golden Rock or Hpa An to Bago. The prices are similarly cheap. We only
described the arrival of Yangon, as we came to Bagan.
In Bago Myanmar, there are not too many ways to find
a good place to stay. The hotel selection is very small. We chose Kanbawza
Hinthar hotel. Although it is a bit away from the city center, the complex
is very well maintained and the staff is helpful. You can book directly on site
a tour, tickets for the onward journey or even a taxi ride into the city.
Breakfast is included in the price and the restaurant is otherwise open for
dinner. Nearby you will also find a few small shops for snacks and drinks as
well as two restaurants on Maha Myaing Road. We recommend the restaurant from
the hotel on the left side, about 10 minutes’ walk. There is a menu in English
and the owner even speaks German.
At first glance, the Shwemawdaw Pagoda is reminiscent of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, but at 114 meters it is taller than this, making it the highest pagoda in Myanmar. It was built as early as the 10th century, but destroyed by some earthquakes over time and then rebuilt. During the earthquake in 1917, the top of the stupa broke off and was integrated into the reconstruction in the eastern part. Incidentally, each time it was rebuilt, the Shwemawdaw
Pagoda was enlarged until it took on its present form. While you will find many tourists in Yangon at the Shwedagon Pagoda, the visit to the Bago Myanmar is very peaceful. There are usually only a few visitors on-site and you can let the huge pagoda and the atmosphere calmly affect you.
Bago Myanmar The third stop was the
Kanbawzathadi Palace, which was built here in 1556 for the former king. Today,
however, you can only visit one replica that was built in the same place
between 1990 and 1992, as the original palace burned down completely. Inside
you will find the throne and some exhibitions about the time. However, the
building is particularly impressive only from the outside. A nice stop, but
certainly not a must.
Mya Tha Lying
It was only in 2001 that the 82-meter-long Buddha was built
by Mya Tha Lying. He is not in a temple complex and has no roof that protects
the statue from the weather. According to a legend, a roof was often tried to
build, but each time a storm arose so that the construction work could never be
continued. A nice stopover on the way to the next big Buddha. You do not
need a lot of time in this facility, but it is worth it for a nice souvenir