Bago is one of the old capitals of this region of Myanmar. If was founded, according to legend, in 573 CE.

The highest pagoda in South-East Asia, the Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda is in Bago. It also has two large reclining Buddhas, the Shwe Tha Lyaung and the larger Naung Daw Gyi Mya Tha Lyaung. It is also home to a large teaching monastery, the Kya Khat Wine Monastery.

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Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda

The Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda is the highest pagoda in South-East Asia with a height of 114 m (374 ft). According to legend, it was founded during Buddhas lifetime, by two merchant brothers, Mahasala and Kullasala, after they returned from India with two hairs given to them personally by Gautama Buddha. They built a small stupa to enshrine the hairs. It has been enlarged repeatedly since then. Sacred teeth relics were added to the collection in 982 and 1385.

During an earthquake in 1917, the top umbrella fell down. A new one was put on the pagoda, the old one is displayed next to the pagoda.

It was almost completely destroyed in a 1930 earthquake. Parts of the pagoda from before the earthquake are incorporated in the new building.

View Shwe Maw
View of the Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda. (724k)
Shwe Maw Daw
The Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda. (783k)
Shwe Maw Daw
The Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda with part of the pagoda that was destroyed in the 1917 earthquake. (813k)
Building Next Shwe
Building next to the Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda. (797k)
Buddha Statues Shwe
Buddha statues in the Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda. (899k)
Buddha Statue Shwe
Buddha statue in the Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda. (905k)
Small Buddha Statue
Small Buddha statue in the Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda. (1007k)
Small Buddha Statue
Small Buddha statue in the Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda. (910k)
Ceremonial Bell King
Ceremonial bell from King Dhammazedi in the Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda. (1013k)
Spire Umbrella King
Spire umbrella from King Bodawpaya, that fell down during the 1917 earthquake. (698k)

Kya Khat Wine Monastery

This monastery is mainly for teaching Buddhism. There are some 450 monks in the classes.

Classroom Kya Khat
Classroom in the Kya Khat Wine Monastery. (830k)
Dining Hall Kya
Dining hall in the Kya Khat Wine Monastery. (764k)
Kitchen Kya Khat
Kitchen in the Kya Khat Wine Monastery. (841k)
Kitchen Kya Khat
Kitchen in the Kya Khat Wine Monastery. (757k)
Kitchen Kya Khat
Kitchen in the Kya Khat Wine Monastery. (879k)
Firewood Kitchen
Firewood for the kitchen. (948k)
Call Lunch
Call for Lunch. (762k)
Monks Way Lunch
Monks on their way to lunch, passing through a gauntlet of tourists and worshipers. They receive food and other gifts from the spectators. (819k)
Monks Way Lunch
Monks on their way to lunch, passing through a gauntlet of tourists and worshipers. They receive food and other gifts from the spectators. (821k)
Monks Way Lunch
Monks on their way to lunch, passing through a gauntlet of tourists and worshipers. They receive food and other gifts from the spectators. (751k)
Sleeping Room Monks
Sleeping room of the monks. (757k)

Naung Daw Gyi Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha

This reclining Buddha is 82 m (269 ft) long. It was build in 2002 on the site of an older reclining Buddha, apparently from 1862. This is one of the longest reclining Buddhas. It is the only one outside without a building. Unfortunately, this presents problems with damage to the Buddha.

Full View Daw
Full view of the Daw Gyi Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha. (695k)
Full View Daw
Full view of the Daw Gyi Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha. (583k)
Head Daw Gyi
Head of the Daw Gyi Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha. (508k)
Face Daw Gyi
Face of the Daw Gyi Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha. (520k)
Detail Face Daw
Detail of the face of the Daw Gyi Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha. (527k)
Feet Daw Gyi
Feet of the Daw Gyi Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha. (630k)
Footprint Daw Gyi
Footprint of the Daw Gyi Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha. (821k)
Close-up Damage Daw
Close-up of some of the damage to the Daw Gyi Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha. (699k)

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