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Sagaing is located on the Ayeyarwady River, 20 km from Mandalay.Sagaing is a religious and monastic center, with numerous Buddhist monasteries. It briefly regained is position as a royal capital of Burma from 1760-1764.?The British-built a 16 span Innwa Bridge connects Sagaing with Mandalay.Sagaing is renowned for its silversmith works at Ywa Htaung quarters and also pottery at Nwe Nyein village.

Interesting Places in Sagaing

  • Sagaing Hill

Sagaing hill has numerous pagodas, monasteries and meditation centers known as a peaceful place for Buddhist studies. It is a place one can enjoy the magnificent views over Sagaing.?

  • Kaungmudaw Pagoda
  • Umin Thonse` Pagoda
  • Umin Thonse’ means 30 Caves Pagoda.
  • Padamya Zedi Pagoda
  • Sagaing Bridge
  • Shwe Kyat Kya Pagoda
  • Shwe Kyat Yet Pagoda
  • Shwe Mohtaw Pagoda
  • Shin Phyu Shin Hla Pagoda
  • Yadanar Zedi Sinmyar Shin Pagoda
  • Htuparyon Pagoda
  • Tilawkaguru Cave Monastery
  • Silver Smith Workshop

Location Sagaing Division is situated in the north-western part of Myanmar. It shares borders with India in the north, Kachin State, Shan State and Mandalay Division in the east, Mandalay and Magway Divisions in the south, and Chin State and India in the west. The total area of the division is 36,535 square miles.

Population The population of Sagaing Division is 538,000, and the average population density is 139 persons per square mile. Population is dense in the lower regions of Chindwin and Mu Rivers, where there are many plains, while it is sparse in the mountainous north-west regions.

Inhabitants Bamars form the majority of inhabitants in the dry regions, Katha Township and the regions along the Mandalay-Myitkyina railroad. Shans live in upper Chindwin valley, and Kawlin, Wuntho and Pinlebu townships. Nagas reside in the north of north-west mountain ranges and Chins in the south. Kadu and Ganang national races can be found in the upper Mu River and Meza River valleys.

Religion The majority of the people in Sagaing Division are Buddhists, though there are some animists.

Dialects The major languages spoken in the State are Bamar, Shan and Chin.

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