Economy and Industry
Bago is famous for its cheroot industry. Different brands of cheroot are available there. Other products are rice, salt, dried fish and various handicrafts.
How to get there
Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda
Visitors and devotees throng to the Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda Festival, which is usually held in the month of April.
Shwe Tha Lyaung Pagoda, the Golden Reclining Image
The next religious edifice you should certainly see while you are in Bago is the large reclining image of the Buddha, 180 feet in length and 52.5 feet in height. This is one of the largest reclining Buddha images in the world.
Traditionally believed to have been built by King Migadipa in AD 944. It was restored by Ramadhipatiraja (1472-1492) but later'lost' and recovered from the jungle in the 1880s by an Indian contractor called Nalahi, who proceeded to dig up the bricks. He was promptly stopped by Buddhists, who restored the image. Unfortunately, it has lost its original Mon features. (see photo below). The image was restored in 1881. Its official name is Shin Bin Tha Lyaung but it is popularly known as Shwe Tha Lyaung "the golden reclining image".
It has been renovated and covered with a large prayer shed (Aryan Khan Tazaung) with lovely glass mosaic work on parts of the image. On both sides of the main approach leading to the stairway of the pagoda are the souvenir shops, mainly run by the local Mon and Myanmar people, where beautiful lacquerware, wood, straw and shell artifacts can be bought at cheap prices.
Footprints of Shwe Tha Lyaung Pagoda, the Golden Reclining Image
Excavations at the palace site were started on 25th April 1990. The Archaeological Department has up to now excavated six mounds, which revealed the brick foundations and plinths of the old palace. Many teak pillars, some with inscriptions were also found. The Settaw Saung, one of the main rooms of the palace has been reconstructed and the work is 90 percent finished. Also the main Audience Hall(the Lion Throne Room) is being rebuilt. The palace site transferred to the Archaeology Department comprises of 9,662 acres. The reconstructed 16th century palace of Hanthawadi and the whole palace site will become a main tourist attraction in the near future.
There is also an interesting archaeological museum on the excavation site. There is also a famous teaching monastery, a Pariyatti University called Kya Khat Waing, on 7 acres of land with about 636 monks and monk students, which is well worth visiting.
For people who wish to have a glimpse of the traditional way of Myanmar life, Bago is an ideal place to visit. People are seen going about their business in a simple and peaceful way unspoiled by the urbanity of metropolitan life./span>
No.10, Main Road, Southern part of Zaing Ganaing, Bago, Myanmar.
Shwe War Tun Hotel
Yangon-Mandalay Rd., Bago, Myanmar.
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Three Five Hotel
10, Main Rd., Bago, Myanmar
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