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“a taste of old mandalay! i just didn't like the garbage around....”
Review of Sagaing Hill

Sagaing Hill
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

Situated along the sprawling Ayeyarwady river, Sagaing is home to a vast number of pagodas along the hill itself. My favorite is the U mhin thonze, inside of which are some golden sitting buddhas. From Mandalay, we traveled a little more than an hour in a chartered van. We had a picture taking session at the river overlooking the hill dotted by pagodas. It was just a turn- off for me to see garbage around the foot of the river and even where we stood --- all captured by the camera. People in myanmar are less-disciplined when it comes to hygiene!

Thank julietteBacolod
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

Sagaing Hill located on the opposite bank of the Ayeywarwady River about 20km to the south west of Manadalay. It is an important religious centre and the hillside is covered with numerous pagodas and monasteries. We drove to the top and experienced the wonderful views from the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda. There was an amazing atmosphere about the place, well worth the drive out there. While up there we also visited U Min Thonze Pagoda which is just a little further north and houses 45 Buddha images in a crescent shaped grotto elaborately decorated in red and turquoise glass mosaics.

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Reviewed May 1, 2014

Sagaing was once a capital of Shaan Kingdom,many monasteries for monks and nuns are located for Buddhistic studies and meditation and it is important religious place for the people. I had arranged a taxi which picked me up from the airport and straight to Sagaing Hill. After crossing the Inwa brige, I could see the hill tops with Pogodas, the main attraction are U Min Thonze Ze with a crescent shaped thirty colonnade of 45 Buddha images and U Pon Nya Shin pagoda, the views from here are splendid.

1  Thank Smeets P
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

We came to Sagaing by way of a 3 day cruise down the Ayeyarwady River from Mandalay to Bagan. We went for an excursion from the boat and drove through the town and up to Sagaing Hill. The town had a large number of monks and nuns wandering around. It was obviously a religous town. The view from the hill of the surrounding peaceful country was great. The countryside was dotted with pagodas, university/college buildings. The pagoda on top of the hill (Soon U Ponya Shin) was not the best we had seen, but it was reverred by the locals who came for the homage and the view. There were bronze rabbit collection boxes on each side of the shrine.
Going down the mountain/hill we stopped at a nunnery and were given an insight into the nuns' daily lives - viwing the kitchens, dormintaries and meeting hall. The nuns also provided us with a lovely choral performance. The nuns seem to range in age from young girls to very mature women.
As part of the excursion we also stopped at a silversmith workshop where we were shown the art. Of course, we also had to navigate through the shop selling all kinds no silver jewellery, figurines, etc.
A delightful excursion.

Thank AntarcticBound
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

Sagaing Hill makes a great half day excursion (45 minutes drive) from Mandalay. There are a number of attractions in this very religious part of the country and you will see a lot of monks & nuns as you drive around.
One highlight is Umin Thonze or 30 Cave Pagoda at the top of Sagaing Hill. It houses a crescent of 45 Buddha statues which opens out onto a marbled terrace with fantastic views across the surrounding countryside to the Irrawaddy River.
Nearby you will need a torch to investigate the Tilawkaguru Cave Monastery. Someone will be on hand with a key to open it up - but inside are some brilliantly coloured frescoes from around 500 years ago.
The area is also famed for silverware workshops and these shouldn't be too hard to find. You can watch gems being set into rings & then buy things in the gift shop at the end.

Thank Jolyon67
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