Kingdom of Hantharwaddy
Bago, previously known as Pegu, is 91 km from Yangon. Burmese people believe that the two princesses from Thaton founded Bago in 573 CE. Later, it became the kingdom of the Mon people. Today, Bago boasted some of the most treasured sites, including Kanbawzatharzi Palace and Shwemawdaw Pagoda. The heart of the city revolves around the Bago River. It’s used for transportation and as a collecting center for paddy, bamboo, and timber logs. Seeing the strength of Burmese people and the unique legacy of King Bagyinnaung will amaze you. In addition to historic sites, you can visit Moe Soon Gyi Wet Land, a Mon weaving village, and a golden reclining Buddha image–the second biggest of its kind in Myanmar.