East view of the Shwekugale Pagoda, [Pegu].
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the east face of the Shwegukale Pagoda near Pegu (Bago), Burma (Myanmar), from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Burma Circle, 1907-13. The photograph was taken by an unknown photographer of the Burma Archaeological Survey.
Bago, the fourth largest city in Burma, is about 80 kms north-east of Rangoon and was once ancient Hanthawadi, the capital of a Mon kingdom. It is said to have been founded in the 6th century by two Mon princes from Thaton, but achieved its greatest prosperity in the later Mon dynastic period of 1369-1539. To Europeans, it was the important seaport of Pegu. Today little remains of its regal past. Located quite near the famous Mahazedi stupa, the Shwegukale stupa dates from the 1490s atnd is attributed to King Binnya Yan. Inside are dozens of seated Buddha images.