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Shwemawdaw Paya, Bago

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Admire the tallest pagoda in Myanmar at Shwemawdaw Paya, a glistening gold stupa that reaches an amazing 114 m (375 ft). Originally built in the 10th century, the structure has collapsed and been rebuilt numerous times due to earthquakes, each time being rebuilt a little taller. In 1930, a devastating earthquake reduced the pagoda to nothing more than a mound of rubble, and it remained that way for around 20 years. Legend has it that the original 21 m (70 ft) tall structure was built to hold two hairs of the Buddha. Explore the grounds and find a peaceful shady spot to admire the view. Arrive early to beat the crowds and the midday heat. Put Shwemawdaw Paya and other Bago attractions into our Bago vacation generator, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We decided to visit Bago after one day one night trip to Golden Rock. After arriving by public bus to Bago we took tuk tuk to see Shwemawdaw Paya. This temple is even higher than Shwedagon Pagoda in Y...  more »
  • This is a very impressive temple, with its very large stupa. But it is certainly not as clean, nor as well maintained as others that we have visited.  more »
  • I visited Bago on a day trip ex Yangon, an approximate 2 hr drive ex Yangon with midway stop at the very moving and beautifully maintained Commonwealth Grave cemetery at Taukkyan. Shwemawdaw is a fun ...  more »