Bogyoke Shwemawdaw Paya in Myanmar stands northeast of Myanmar train station. You can’t miss this Myanmar stupa, as its height of 114 m dominates Bago town. The Shwemawdaw Myanmar paya is said to be over 1000 years old and was originally build by the Mon King to the height os 23m to enshrine two hairs of Buddha. On the terrace surrounding the stupa are statues of Nat spirits and eight shrines where Buddhists pray. There is one shrine for each day of the week and two for Wednesday, that is split in two. Every shrine is associated with a planet in accordance with Eastern astrology. People pray to the shrine belonging to their birthday.
Hintha Gon Paogda
It is located behind the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, consisting of a small temple and a symbolic statue of the female Hansa bird standing on the hilltop. Myanmar legend has it that a mythological bird landed here to rest. Therefore, Hinthargone Pagoda is a sacred place in Bago respected and worshiped frequently for good luck and nice weather.
Kyak Pun Pagoda
The Kyaik Pun Pagoda is a small Buddhist monastery near the town of Bago, known for its four towering images of the Buddha visible from far away. The impressive 27 meter high images are out in the open, without shelter from the elements by any covering temple structure. The images represent the four Buddhas that have reached Nirvana, namely Kassapa Buddha, Kakusandha Buddha, Konagamana Buddha and Gautama Buddha. They sit back to back facing the four cardinal directions against a massive brick square central post on top of which is a golden spire with a multi tiered ceremonial umbrella.
The Mahazedi means the Great Stupa. It is one of the revered pagodas in Bago. The Pagoda was built by King Bayinnaung in 1560 A.D. It is known that the pagoda enshrines a tooth-relic brought from Sri Lanka. In the Western part of Bago is the Mahazedi, which translates to “Great Stupa”, a pagoda built to enshrine a Buddha tooth relic. The Mahazedi pagoda was destroyed in 1757 during the Mon revolt against the Burmese, who subsequently destroyed most of Bago. The Mahazedi was rebuilt and largely destroyed again in the 1930 earthquake. It took until the early 1980’s until the restoration was completed.
Shwe Tah Lyoung Reclining Buddha
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.
Mya Tha Lyoung Reclining Buddha
Located close by the Shwethlyaung temple, the Mya Tha Lyaung temple is one of the newer in the region.Built in 2002, it is unusual because of the outdoor nature of the Buddha. In this instance, the reclining Buddha is not covered by any building or structure, which leads many to believe that the complex may not be completed. The detailing and composure of the image make it one of the more striking reclining Buddhas around. The size of this Buddha image exceeds that of the image in the neighboring Shwethlyaung temple.
This place is strange and definitely worth a look. There is a massive Python that is apparently 126 years old. Some strange statues of monks and a creepy feeling. Surrounding village is not very nice but this is daily life in rural Myanmar.
The Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha Image is well known in Bago and located in the west side of the city. Built by the Mon in 994 during the reign of Mon King Migadepa.Shwegugyi Pagoda was built by King Alaung Sithu during A.D 1141. This pagoda is located near the entrance of the Royal Palace therefore also known as Nan Oo Paya in Myanmar. Shwegugyi Pagoda was built on top of a 13 feet high platform giving it an impression like a mushroom coming out of the ground. It is facing towards the north of Bagan. It lies on the north of Thabyinnyu Pagoda.
Kambazathadi Golden Palace
Kanbawzathadi Palace was built by King Bayinnaung (1551-1581 A.D.) the founder of the second Myanmar Empire. The first Hantharwaddy city was shifted to new place and the king rebuilt the new palace to the south of the Shwemawdaw Pagoda and named Kanbawzathadi in 1556. The original palace consisted of 76 apartments and halls according to the old drawing record. It was burned down in 1599. The reconstructed palace does not contain much of the original furniture and personal items used by the Royals, as most of it was lost when the palace was looted and destroyed in 1599. There are several reproductions on display, like a replica of the King’s golden coach, decorated with two peacocks and a Pyatthat style roof.