(The Golden Land)
Sagaing is located at the south west of Mandalay. Roughly to say, it is situated at north western of Myanmar and the largest division. Dotted with pagodas, over 400 monasteries, the Sagaing Hill is noted as a religious retreat. We would like to say that “Sagaing Division” is the Land which can offer many kinds of pleasure and colorful travel destination in his area.
Capital – Sagaing
Languages Major – Myanmar
Industries – Agriculture
Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda
Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda
Mya Theindan Pagoda
Archeological & Culture - Pagodas, Monasteries, “Spirit”, Worship Culture
Trekking Sites – Pho Win Taung (300m), Shwe Ba Taung (around 300m)
Art & Craft – Lacquer Ware (a kind of lacquerware in plain design), Wood curving, Ivory Curving
Ethnic – “Naga” people, Chin People
Special Activities – Alaung Taw Kathapha wild life sanctuary, Chatthing wild life sanctuary
The hill itself has a number of zedis and kaaungs, some of which are comparatively recent. Padamya Zedi dates from 1300, while Umin Thoune Sel (30caves), contains 45 Buddha images in a crescent- shaped colonnade. The impressive Soon Oo Ponya Shin Paya nearby was constructed in 1312 and reaches 29.3m high with a 7.8m high (umbrella) above that, in front of the principal altar, larges bronze frogs on wheels serve as collection boxes. The view of Sagaing from Soon Oo Ponya Shin and its approach are outstanding. Mural paintings can be seen in the Tilawkaguru cave temple, which was built around 1672. The Pa Ba Kyaung is typical of the many monasteries on the hillside. Sagaing aslo has the remains of a fort by the riverbank. The nearby village of Ywataung is renowned for its silversmiths. The villages of Sagaing, at the foot of Sagaing Hill, makes and interesting visit -it’s chock-a –block with markets, shops and restaurants. Foreigners are charged an entry fee of US$3 to climb Sagaing Hill.
Tagaung (Relics of a Pyu civilization)
Situates 200km up river north of Mandalay,Tagaung was considered by many to be the first capital of the ancient of Pyu civilization, which in turn founded the cities of Hanlin, Beikthano, Thayaykhetera (Sri Kestra) and from that Pyu civilization continuing into the Bagan dynasty. However, the late Professor Luce, believed that the Myanmar culture began with Kyaukse, a town a few miles south of Mandalay, a belief echoed by many other historians, so that the role of Tagaung in Myanmar’s culture faded into mythology. Since 1904, excavation had been carried out in Tagaung, with no relics found to be earlier than the 11th century. Other historians and writers had believed firmly that Tagaung have a longer history than so far proven and recent diggings have shown them to be correct. Since 1900, many evidences had been discovered on the antiquity and culture of this forgotten city. Tagaung still exit as a big village and can be reached by river way from Mandalay.
Lacated about 11km up river from Mandalay on the western banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River. It is reached by ferryboats across the river and takes 1 hour for up-river and 40 minutes for down-river. The town well-known for its 90 ton Mingun Bell, the largest ringing bell in the world, a mammoth unfinished Mingun Pagoda, Settwaya Pagoda and Hsinbyume Pagoda. A boat trip to Mingun is pleasant with plenty of life on the river to see.