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Shwemawdaw Paya

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Address: Bago, Myanmar
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Taller than Shwedagon, one of several Bago sites that make Bago a fun day trip

I visited Bago on a day trip ex Yangon, an approximate 2 hr drive ex Yangon with midway stop at the very moving and beautifully maintained Commonwealth Grave cemetery at... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I visited Bago on a day trip ex Yangon, an approximate 2 hr drive ex Yangon with midway stop at the very moving and beautifully maintained Commonwealth Grave cemetery at Taukkyan. Shwemawdaw is a fun visit, significantly off the beaten tourist track compared to Shwedagon but with much of the majesty. Some of the adjacent shrines around the complex are... More 

Thank stuffmatters
Ghent, Belgium
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is very similar to shwedagon pagoda, so you don't need to go inside if you have seen that one. It's part of the 10000kyat ticket for Bago.

Thank Severine B
Canton of Thurgau, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Shwemawdaw pagoda might not be as spectacular on the whole, as the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon but it is a few meters higher and takes the prize as the highest in the country. It was badly damaged by the earthquake in 1975 and the top fell off the stupa. The top is still visible in one corner of the... More 

Thank 386gailr
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

When you come to Bago, this place is worth - visiting, however the architecture of this pagoda seems similar to Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, and you shouldn't come here after lunch because it is really hot.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

It is big you see it from everywhere amd it takes you a bit of tome to due your standard Pagoda round. Enjoy the smaller details.

Thank pnghenryb
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

In Bago are a few attractions. This pagoda is a attraction for many local people. You can see the influence of the hindu religion. You pay one fee for all attractions in Bago .

Thank marti j
Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

there is hardly a place in Bago, from where you will not see this Pagoda. Taller then the Yangon Shwedagon, this is really an impressive site - with a long hiistory, even if it is all done new after several destructions due to earthquakes.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Less impressive (of course!) as compared to Shwedogon but it is the biggest padoga in Bago. Less human crowd, more spacious & less array of smaller pagodas & buddhas surrounding the main padoga, makes the place looks cleaner & neater & quieter. Remember to pay your camera fees at the entrance! Not to miss visiting this pagoda.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Stunning in appearance, and simple in design, without all the commercial trappings found so often associated with pagodas in Yangon. This itself makes it an attraction worth seeing. Also has a building on the compound containing many archaeological artefacts, which regrettably are described only in Burmese.

Thank FyingKiwi
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Once you've toured Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon, it becomes difficult for any Pagoda of this size and frequentstion to leave a truly memorable experience, at least for the layman that I am. This one did not rise up to the challenge. Also deisappinting was the complete lack of any peaceful or quiet corners to sit, relax by watch. We visited... More 

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