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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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  • July 20, 2017
    Definitely a place worth visiting in Bago. It is simply massive. Also a little market at the front of the temple to buy some local goods as well. Remember to tip the person 'looking after your shoes'....  more »
  • June 30, 2017
    One of the most revered Buddhist sites. Pilgrims come here from all cities of Myanmar and neighbouring countries. The tallest stupa in the country, with a height of 114 meters has a rich history that begins almost a thousand years ago. Old age and earthquakes repeatedly destroyed, but residents of the newly reconstructed. Now the complex is in excellent condition.
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  • June 17, 2017
    A major one pagoda Pagoda of Bago and historical significance. If there is a chance should visit visitor. Thailand people call bar
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