Bago: The Ancient Capital of Mon

RAN 102-401
Highlights
  • Learn about Buddhist monks life
  • Observe a demonstration of hand weaving and cigar rolling at Mon Village
  • Learn about persuasion techniques used in market with local vendor
Program Overview
Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Depart: 11/07/2017 0730
Return: 11/07/2017 1830
Duration: Full-Day
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min 15 / Max 50
Category: ILLUMINATE: History / Culture
Program Fee
$88 (early booking: $83)

Bago is an ancient capital of the Mon Kingdom in the 13th Century. It is situated 80 km from Yangon and was reputedly founded by Two Mon princes in 573 CE.

Begin your day with a visit to one of the largest monasteries in Myanmar – Kyakhatwaing Monastery.  In his lifetime a Myanmar male is expected to spend some of his life serving as a monk to learn the ways of Buddhism. According to Buddhist tradition, monks only eat twice a day, early morning and mid-morning. Observe the morning meal procession with the long line of monks and novices of the monastery receiving their final meal of the day before noon!

Afterwards, explore the central market of Bago which serves as a distribution point for cloth, household items and other imports. After lunch in a local restaurant, head to the Hinthagone Pagoda for a panoramic view of Bago. Enjoy a spirited dance presentation (subject to availability). Next, visit the highest pagoda in Myanmar (114 meters) the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, said to be over 1000 years old. Built by two merchants “Taphussa’’ and “Bhillika’’, the pagoda has been repeatedly damaged and rebuilt in its history due to earthquakes and natural disasters. The glittering golden top of the stupa reaches 14 meters higher than the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. The base of the Pagoda, with its shady trees, provides a pleasant place to stroll or simply sit in peaceful meditation.

At the end of the journey, visit a typical Mon village to observe hand weaving and cigar rolling demonstrations, before heading back to Yangon, and finally to the ship.

Meals Included

Lunch

Special Note

  • Please note that guests are required to remove both shoes and socks when entering all religious sites (this is non-negotiable!)