Bago is formerly known as Pegu. It is just 80km (50miles) north of Yangon and just an hour drive from Yangon. Bago is accessible easily from Yangon, Mandalay, Pyay and other cities. The river crossing in the middle of town, Bago has many cultural sites: famous Shwe-Maw-Daw Pagoda, Hin-Thar-Kone Pagoda, Shwe-Thar-Lyaung reclining Buddha Image, KalayaniSima Ordination Hall, a massive 28 meter tall Buddha Statue of Kyeik-Pun Pagoda, Winkabaw Elephant Camp, Kanbozathadi Palace and ShwePyi Resorts. Bago in which the ethnic group, Mon, were the first to settle is one of the richest archaeological sites in Myanmar. Bago was once the capital of the Mon kingdom, Hansavati (Hantharwaddy). It is also the seaport of ancient Mon kings. Then, it became the second Myanmar Empire founded by King Ba-Yint-Naung.