Day Trip to Bago
Bago is a small town about 70km away from northeast of Yangon, a town full of historical sites, worth to do a day tour when you are visiting Yangon Myanmar. The old name is called Pegu, it was the ancient capital of Myanmar. Bagu town is where the famous Burmese king, King Bayinnaung’s reign from 1511-1581.
Little nuns in pink seeking alms on the street of Bago
Why visit Bago?
Bago city is still very backward and disorganized but there is an abundance of important religious sites here. One of them is the outdoor Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha. There are two reclining Buddha in Bago city. An indoor and an outdoor version. There are no entrance fees for the outdoor reclining Buddha.
Outdoor Reclining Buddha
Unlike other Reclining Buddha in Myanmar, Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha is located outdoor which make it different from the others found resting in the sheltered area.
82 meter Long Reclining Buddha
When you go near the reclining Buddha, you are not able to take the full body because it is so huge and long. You need to go further away to take the whole picture of the reclining Buddha.
Why Buddha in this position?
Reclining Buddha images represent the final phase of the historical Buddha’s life on earth before entering parinirvana. Usually seen with Buddha’s right side with his head supported by his hand or with a pillow.
How Long to visit Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha?
15 mins are more than enough to spend looking at the outdoor reclining Buddha as there are no other shops nearby for you to visit.
Our lunch took place in a home restaurant solely for tourists as I did not see any other customers besides tourists. There is a menu in English and dishes include Burmese, Thai, Malaysian & Indonesian, Chinese & Western cuisine.
The private tour driver usually drops their guests at this restaurants and come back to pick them after an hour or so. I did not see any other decent restaurant in Bago as this town is really scrappy.
Stir Fried Kangkong Vegetable/ water spinach
Thai Green Curry with Seafood
Sweet & Sour Pork
Our lunch total cost less than USD 20.00 with 2 cans of soft drinks and one coffee. This is for 3 people.
Final thoughts :
Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha is located outdoor and is not sheltered like the other reclining Buddha such as Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago. There are two reclining Buddha in Bago town, an indoor and outdoor version. The outdoor reclining Buddha has lesser makeup as compared to the indoor Shwethalyaung Buddha. I suspect the makeup on the Buddha’s face wear out due to the rain and sun since it is sitting outdoor. (Just a wild guess)
Other attractions in Bago :
- 4 Seated Buddha – Kyaik Pun Pagoda
- Bago Reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha (Indoor)
- Bago Golden God Temple: Shwemawdaw Pagoda – Myanmar Tallest Pagoda
- Bago Monk School – Kya Kha Wain Kyaung Monastery
- The Golden Palace in Bago – Kanbawzathadi Palace
- White Elephant in Hsin Hpyu Daw Park Yangon
- Taukkyan War Cemetery
- Road Trip from Yangon to Bago – 14 Things to observe