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“Stunning”
Review of Sagaing Hill

Sagaing Hill
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Ava, Sagaing, Amarapura and Mingun Full-Day Tour From Mandalay By Private Car
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Sagaing
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

We visitied here in the morning and reached U Min Thonze pagoda just before lunchtime. Having hired a car/driver and guide for a couple of days we were grateful to be driven to the entrance of the pagoda which stands pretty much at the top of the till. The views inside and outside were stunning - the hill is sprinkled very liberally with pagodas and temples of all sizes, glittering in the sun, and makes a magical sight. You also get a great view of the huge monastic university; very impressive complex.

We had the added pleasure of bumping into a group of young trainee nuns who kindly posed for a photo.

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Reviewed April 9, 2012

The temples at Sagaing Hill are one of the most beautiful places in Myanmar. It's a quiet, peaceful place, perfect for some down time away from busy sightseeing. The temples on the hill have an incredible view of the Ayeyarwady River and the plains below. A must see!

2  Thank katblue
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

Meant to have been built in 1312, the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda is one of the older temples in Sagaing and built just before the formation of the short lived independent Kingdom of Sagaing. It sits right at the top of the 240 metre Sagaing Hill and is in a very different style to other more traditional Burmese temples. Part of this difference is due to the extensive use of small glass tiles which give a lovely shimmering sheen to the temple.
It is a nice light and airy temple with wide terraces where one can enjoy the magnificent views over Sagaing. Sagaing is one of the most important religious centres in the world, especially for Buddhism, with nearly 600 monasteries and convents in Sagaing with around 6,000 monks & nuns, and includes the Thidagu Buddhist University. It is a major centre for meditation and religious retreats, and is a 'sleepy' town as befits its role as a religious and meditation centre - which means great views not of a busy city and streets but of wide expenses of green trees bizarrely dotted with the tops of hundreds of spires and pagodas and religious buildings. A far more pleasing sight!
Although many temples have paintings showing different aspects of Buddha's life, this temple had a far bigger collection of Buddhist related pictures some of which certainly seemed somewhat unusual. There are some quite large and colourful Buddha statues as well as a number of other interesting statues of Burmese life. All in all, a very pleasant temple to wander around, especially with the great views as well.

7  Thank Arthurrvr
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

Sagaing Hill - the rating for this really should fall somewhere between average and very good. The real disappointment was the view from the top of the hill, which should have been of dozens of pagodas and of the Ayeyarwady River. Most of this had vanished under a thick layer of smog and haze; perhaps it would be better before too much dust gets into the atmosphere during the dry season ...

We did very much like the U Min Thonze Pagoda, which is pretty and reasonably quiet: 45 Buddhas inside a semi-circular grotto kind of structure. Much use is made of mirrored glass in subtle shades of deep red and soft greenish-blue. There is a calm atmosphere broken only by swallows flitting in and out of the building to where they have built their nests among the Buddhas. On the climb up to this pagoda, women sell items, including wonderfully intricate handbags and shoulder bags, made of watermelon seeds stitched together with cotton. We thought that these were some of the most attractive crafts for sale in Myanmar; the bags cost only three or five dollars each - extremely reasonably priced for the amazing amount of work involved.

At the foot of the hills we also visited the Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, which has been recently gilded (shown as white in some guidebooks). It is very attractive and has a vast array of stalls around it selling thanaka logs (thanaka is ground and made into a paste which women apply on their face in most parts of Myanmar). Also saw an ice cream seller at this pagoda with ice cream cones in the most spectacular colours!

However, many caged birds are also sold here - not only sparrows and pigeons, but also owls, hoopoes, and small eagles. I found this quite distressing - I have seen it in Thailand and Cambodia, but it is painful to see so many birds crammed together. It's a difficult decision - to buy and release them to "make merit" or not?

3  Thank j1954g
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

Sagaing (ancient capital) is a manageable day trip from Mandalay (together with the teak bridge at U Bein) - even by public transport. The Buddhist monasteries, dotted over the hillsides above the Irrewaddy, are an important religious and monastic centre.

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