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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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  • Bago was worth every day trip while you're in Yangon for a few days. Go!!! It's only 1.5-2hr drive one way. The giant Buddhas everywhere is more fascinating than the pagodas in Yangon with a zoo-like ...  more »
  • ... what could. This stupa is higher than the Shwedagon, it's been rebuilt and added to so many times. Bago is a good town to visit.  more »
  • 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 »

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Most of the accommodations in Bago line the busy main road, especially the budget-friendly options, so try to get a room in the back of these establishments to avoid noise from the ever-present traffic. If cost is not an issue, you can stay farther away from the road, in one of the more upmarket hotels.
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