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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Shwemawdaw Paya by using our Bago holiday tool .
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  • Large pagoda in the centre of Pegu. Peace and quiet. A set of less impressive than that of Rangoon but that is definitely worth the trip.
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  • Beautiful golden Pagoda situated in Bago ..2 hours drive from Yangoon. Good to have a guide to tell the history of this Pagoda. From the brief picture hang on the wall about this Pagoda was actually b...  more »
  • It's obviously not the same as the Shwedagon Pagoda (though higher), this one is not to miss on any trip to Bago. It's generally not as crowded as some of the more famous pagoda in Yangon and thus eas...  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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