With a height of 114 metres, the Shwemawdaw Paya in Bago towers over any other pagoda structure in the whole of Myanmar - it is also remarkably durable as it is more than 1000 years from its construction by the Mon People.
The name “Shwemawdaw” translates to the Great Golden God – a fitting title to its noticeable features. The gilded stupa reflects the magnificent sunlight – and within it are relics more valuable than gold: relics of the Buddha. These relics are rumoured to be the Gautama Buddha’s hair strands given to two Burmese merchants in the 10th century under the reign of a Mon King. Years later, tooth relics were added to these treasures. Fortunately, the Pagoda or Paya is sparsely visited by tourists, making it perfect for a peaceful retreat and personal appreciation of the country’s storied history and culture.
Shwemawdaw Paya is located east of Bago, near Kanbawzathadi Golden Palace.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily from 8:00 to 18:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
The Bago Archaeological Zone entrance fee is USD 10. The fee includes a stop at Shwemawdaw Paya.
How to Get There
- Fly to Bagan via Air KBZ, Golden Myanmar Airlines, and Myanmar National Airlines.
- Rent a taxi to Bagan town centre.
- Rent a bicycle to Shwemawdaw Paya.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Explore Shwemawdaw Paya for an hour to get a better glimpse of the history and culture of the place.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
You can visit this attraction anytime since it doesn’t always get crowded. The best time to visit is between 8:00 and 11:00.
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