Bago River

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Bago River as seen from the Thanlyin Bridge

Bago River (Burmese: ပဲခူးမြစ်; Pegu River) is a river of southern Myanmar. It flows through Bago and Yangon.[1] It arises in the hills of the Pegu Range[2] and flows into the Myitmaka River which below that point is called the Yangon River.

In 1608 the Portuguese adventurer Philip de Brito e Nicote, known as Nga Zinka to the Burmese, plundered the Shwedagon Pagoda. His men took the 300-ton Great Bell of Dhammazedi. De Brito's intention was to melt the bell down to make cannons, but it fell into this river when he was carrying it across.[citation needed] To this date, it has not been recovered.


  1. ^ Schellinger, Paul E. and Salkin, Robert M. (editors) (1996) "Bago (Myanmar)" International Dictionary of Historic Places: Asia and Oceania (volume 5) Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago, pp. 60-65, page 60, ISBN 1-884964-04-4
  2. ^ Seekins, Donald M. (2006) Historical dictionary of Burma (Myanmar) Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, page 357, ISBN 0-8108-5476-7

Coordinates: 16°46′23″N 96°12′36″E / 16.77306°N 96.21000°E / 16.77306; 96.21000