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There are plenty of things to see and sights to visit around Bago. Some are close, some not so much, but excursions and day-trips can be arranged via one of the agencies operating in the area. From historic sights to sacred places and sanctuaries nearby, everything can be visited within a day-trip from Bago.

Baw Baw Gyi Pagoda in Sri KsetraKyaiktiyo Pagoda and Golden Rock at nightGiant Sitting Buddha of the Sehtatgyi PagodaSehtetgyi PagodaShwenattaung Paya; Buddha with SpectaclesShwesandaw Pagoda on a platformTaukkyan War Cemetery; graves and flowersTaukkyan War Cemetery

Taukkyan War Cemetery- this cemetery is located some 70 kilometers south-east of the city. Although it belongs to the Yangon greater area, township of Mingaladon, Taukkyan Village, trips to this commemoration sight are organized from Bago as well. The cemetery itself was built in 1951, to commemorate the soldiers who died in both World Wars. It is maintained by Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The landscaping is done almost immaculately, giving this place a dose of solemnity and tranquility specific for many commemorative sights from the two wars scattered around the world. The cemetery now contains 6,374 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 867 of them unidentified, and many of which feature inscriptions that can be read by visitors. In addition, memorial pillars bear the names of more than 27,000 allied soldiers who have no grave. The Takukkyan Cemetery is also the largest of the three War Cemeteries in Myanmar. It contains the graves transferred from four battlefield cemeteries at Akyab, Mandalay, Meiktila and Sahmaw which were difficult to access and could not be maintained. Moreover, graves from some jungle and inaccessible areas of the country were also transferred to the Taukkyan Cemetery. There are also three memorials within the Cemetery: the Rangoon Memorial, which bears the names of almost 27,000 men of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaigns in Burma and who have no known graves; the Taukkyan Cremation Memorial, commemorating more than 1,000 Second World War casualties whose remains were cremated in accordance with their faith; and the Taukkyan Memorial, which commemorates 46 servicemen of both wars who died and were buried elsewhere in Burma but whose graves could not be maintained. The Cemetery is open for visitors every day from 7am to 5pm.
Akauktaung Mountain- also known as the Tax Hill, its attractions include many Buddha images carved into the stone surrounding the Bago River, whose banks are also cliffs of the Akauktaung Mountain. It is believed that the alternative name derives from the legend that the Buddha carvings were paid for by the local traders in order to collect money from pilgrims and passengers visiting them. It is located some 300 kilometers north-west from the city of Bago, or 20 kilometers from Pyay, a town in Bago Division. The other sight worth visiting at the mountain is the Akauktaung Pagoda, which sits on the very top of the hill. The trip fro Bago to the Mountain, via the new Yangon- Naypyitaw highway, takes around 5 and a half hours, and going through Taik Kyi and Tharrawaddy cities, which is going west of Bago, takes some 15 minutes less, but under a lot worse road conditions.

Pyay- Pyay was formerly known as Prome, during the British colonial rule. The city sits on the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwaddy) River, and is one of Myanmar’s many ex-capitals. Its location contributed to the city being one of the most important commercial centers in the country, throughout its history. But, trading is not the only thing the town is known for. Far from it; there is an ancient capital of Pyu ,called Thaye-khittra (Sri Ksetra), located some 8 kilometers east of Pyay. The Sri Ksetra site covers 47 square kilometers, along which visitors can see the remains of the Royal Palace; a huge, cylindrical, brick-built Baw Baw Gyi Pagoda, which is considered the oldest Buddhist monument in Myanmar; the Rahanta Cave Pagoda; the Lay Myet Hna Monument; and the Royal Cemetery. The entire site is, just like the ancient city was in the peak of its strength, circled around the Royal Palace. As of 2014, the site is enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the very center of the town of Pyay, the Shwesandaw (Shwe San Daw) Pagoda is located at a small hilltop. Not to be confused with the Shwesandaw Pagoda in Bagan, this one in Pyay is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for the Burmese Buddhists. Its name translates as the Golden Hair Relics. Myanmar Legend goes that it was built by a couple of Myanmar merchants in 589BC and that Myanmar golden zedi houses four strands of the Buddha’s hair. The Pagoda is 127 feet high, but with the added height of the plinth, it stands 290 feet high, counting from the ground. There are 64 smaller pagodas surrounding the main one. There is a chamber in the southern sector of the platform housing a duplicate of the Buddha's tooth relic of Kandy.
Baw Baw Gyi Pagoda is located just outside of the city walls. Standing over 45 meters high, the brick and plaster of Bawbawgyi Paya has the oldest stupa in the area.
Sehtetgyi Pagoda, containing a ten-story seated Buddha with a gentle smile on his face, is also located in Pyay. There are many other pagodas in and around Pyay, which explains why it remains one of the, if not the single most important pilgrimage sites in Myanmar.

Shwedaung- This small town is about 14 km south of Pyay. There are two famous pagodas in this town. The Shwemyethman Pagoda (Buddha Image with Golden Spectacles) and the Shwenattaung Paya. Shwemyethman Paya means ‘Paya with the Golden Spectacles’ , which is a reference to a large white face sitting Buddha image inside the main shrine. The Buddha image wears golden rimmed spectacles. Spectacles were added during the Konbaung era. There is a saying that this image can cure illnesses, especially eye diseases

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda ( Golden Rock) - one of the most famous and visited sites in Myanmar. It is located around 140 kilometers southeast of Bago, in a small town of Kyaikhto. Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda stands on a gilded boulder precariously perched on the edge of the hill 1202 meters above the sea-level. Getting here is a real test; one needs to hike for almost 11 km uphill to reach the Boulder. Of course, there is also a road for the cars which can park close to the pagoda, but very few of the pilgrims decide to go this way. It is not a big pagoda, especially compared to some of the pagodas in Myanmar, that are enormous, standing 7,3 meters in height. It is built on a huge, almost egg- shaped, rounded granitoid boulder perched on the very summit of a tabular rock. The rock itself is separated slightly from the hill, so a small bridge was built to walk over the chasm to the boulder. The “Golden Rock” Pagoda was built in built in 574 B.C. Legend has it that after the hermit had obtained the hair from the Buddha, he was carrying it on his head inside his hair knot till he found a boulder which resembled his head, and so he built the pagoda on it, enshrining the relic.

The historic significance, together with the monuments left from different eras and sacred pilgrimage sites for the Burmese people, especially Buddhists, ought to be strong enough encouragement for everyone to get out of Bago, sit in a car (or bus), and take off to some, or ideally all, of the sites we listed above.