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Bago, formerly known as Pegu. is just 80 km north of Yangon. It is just about an hour and a half drive from Yangon. Bago is accessible easily from Yangon, Mandalay, Pyay and other major cities.

Historically Mons was the first to settle at this site. This small settlement grew increasingly important as the region became most populous in the Mon-speaking kingdom. Bago was made the capital of the Mon Kingdom in the 14th century. And it came to be known as Hansavati (Hanthawaddy).

As a major seaport of ancient Mon Kingdome, the city was frequently visited by Europeans, among these, Gasparo Balbi in the late 1500s. The Europeans often commented on its magnificence.

Then it became the capital of the Second Myanmar Empire founded by King Bayinnaung. As the results, Bago becomes of the richest archaeological sites in Myanmar with a lot of reminding religious structures.

Even though it is closely located with Yangon, one can still see the rural life of the people, the roads busying with trishaws, crafts, cultural and history of the country. Moreover, it is a well-known place for pottery, wood carving and the cheroot making workshops.

Among many religious building, Shwemawdaw, ShwetharLyaung reclining Buddha, Kanbawzathardi royal palace and Kyaikpun are the most outstanding places to visit. Kyatketwune Monastery is also an interesting place to go.

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