Sagaing Division Myanmar
Area : 94621.073 sq-km (36534.714 sq-miles)
Population : 538000
Capital : Sagaing
Religion : Buddhism, Christianity
Myanmar Sagaing Division is situated in the north-west of Myanmar between Chin State on the west, Kachin State on the north-east, Shan State on the east and Magway Division and Mandalay Division on the south. It also shares border with India in the north and west. The Capital of is Sagaing. The Sagaing Myanmar major cities are Sagaing, Mingun, Monywa, Shwebo and Mogok. Temperatures fall to freezing point in winter on Pakkoi and Naga mountain ranges where coldness remains in summer. The southern region lies in dry zone is extremely hot climate in Monywa Myanmar.
The main agricultural crops are paddy, wheat, maize, viewmillet, groundnut, sesame, cotton, pulses, Burmese tobacco, and Virginia tobacco. The Myanmar Sagaing State is the top producer of wheat and pulses in the whole Myanmar country and also has the largest acreage of sunflower. It also produces teak and hardwood from its forests. Monywa and Katha are important timber depots. Thanakha, eaglewood, honey, catechu, rattan and bamboo are extracted from forests. Important minerals are gold mined at Kyaukpahto region, Kawlin Township, coal mined at Kalewa (Thitchauk) region and Monywa. A small amount of oil is found at Pantha and Inndaw regions at Chindwin River valley. Salt is produced in Wetlet and Sagaing.
Myanmar Ancient palace site of King Alaungmintaya is being constructed in Shwebo Township, Myanmar. Twindaung in Budalin Township is a rare and significant place in the world. Twindaung yields blue green algae from which Pluvimin is produced. Naga New Year Festival is usually held in January. This Myanmar festival is most well-known from all over the world and many tourists come to visit the rare tribe's culture of Sagaing Myanmar. Sagaing across Myanmar Ayeyarwaddy River are the Mingun Pahtodawgyi and the Largest Myanmar Ringing bell known as Mingun Bell. The Sagaing Hill is the main place for meditation in Myanmar. Thanboddhay Pagoda in Monywa is another Myanmar tourist destination.
What to see/ where to visit
Myanmar Sagaing is home to 500 stupas, even more Myanmar monasteries and nunneries, and some 6000 monks and nuns. Lovely Sagaing is where Buddhists in Myanmar go when they're stressed and main Myanmar tourist attraction for both Myanmar local and foreigner. Set on the river bank across the Ayeyarwady from Inwa. It's peaceful pace let by a lot of Myanmar local meditation is welcome to visitors as well.
If you have limited time in Sagaing, come to Myanmar Sagaing hill. The entry fee zone tourist ticket is valid for five days and includes admission to the nearby town of Myanmar Mingun. Rees hang over stone steps that lead past stupas, Myanmar monasteries and nunneries to a glorious top, where you can take in many of Sagaing's 500 stupas and views of the river back towards Mandalay Myanmar.
Kaunghmudaw Paya is the best known of the sagaing stupas; actually 10 km west towards Monywa, is the Kaunghmudaw Paya. The enormous white dome rises 46 m and was modeled after the Mahaceti and Sri Lanka. Also know by its pali name, rajamanicula, the stupa was built in 1636 to commemorate Inwa's stablishment as the royal capital of Myanmar. Around the base of the structure are 812 stone pillars, each 1 m to 1.5 m high and with a small hollow for an oil lamp. Images of nat can be seen in the 120 niches that also circle the base. A nearly 3 m high polished marble slab stands in a corner of the paya grounds; its 86 lines record details of the monument's construction in Myanmar.
Mingun is about 11 km upriver from Mandalay, is as interesting to visit for its Myanmar ancient sites as for the pleasant Myanmar boat trip to get Mingun. Myanmar Mingun has half dozen sites run along the bank on the opposite side of the Ayeyarwaddy from Mandalay. Most famous Myanmar tourist place is the partly completed Mingun Paya, which would have been the world's larges paya. This Myanmar village itself is a friendly place although some hawkers can be little too friendly in Myanmar Sagaing division.
On the southern end of the site, this unassuming structure, a 5 m high white Myanmar pagoda, is a working model for the gigantic, unfinished Mingun Paya, 100 m north. It's worth seeing to get a picture of what could have been in reality about Pondaw Paya in Myanmar.
On the river immediately north of the Pondaw paya is the settawya paya, a hollow, vaulted shrine containing a footprint of the Buddha. Myanmar King Bodawpaya brought the foot print to Mingun Myanmar Sagaing, when the relic chamber in the base of his huge Pahto (temple) was sealed up. Settawaya paya was built in 1811.
Looming high and wide on the inland side of the road, the Mingun Paya is actually just the cracked brick base of the original plan. The grandiose pagoda Myanmar king Bodawpaya had in mind was set to reach 150 m. Myanmar Mingun Paya construction began in 1790 with a labour force of thousands of Myanmar Burma slaves and prisoners of war. Myanmar king Bodawpaya often supervised construction from a set up residence on an island offshore. Work halted in 1819 when Bodawpaya who was a king of Myanmar Burma died.
Mingun Bell Myanmar
In 1808 Myanmar king Bodawpaya had a gigantic Bronze bell cast to go with his gigantic stupa in Sagaing Myanmar. Weighing 55,555 viss (90 tonnes), the bell is claimed to be the larges hung, a cracked bell in the world.
Also know as Myatheindan, and built by Myanmar king Bagyidaw in 1816, there years before he succeded Myanmar Burma Bodawpaya as king, this Myanmar stupa was constructed in memory of his senior wife, the Hsinbyume princess. It is built as a representation of the Sulamani Paya, which according to the Buddhist plan of the cosmos, stands atop Mt Meru (the mountain that stands at the centre of the universe). The seven white washed wavy terraces around the stupa represent the seven mountain rages around Mt Meru, while the five kinds of Mythical monsters can be found in inches on each terrace level. This structure was also badly damaged in the 1838 quake, but Myanmar king Mindon had it restored in 1874 in Myanmar (Burma).
Myanmar monywa village is set on the eastern bank of the chindwin Myanmar river, about 136 km west of the Mandalay, Monywa is a scrappy trade town of some 300 000 people. There's not much in its yard for Myanmar travelers, but a few Myanmar superb attractions nearby warrant more than an exhausting day trip from Mandalay in Myanmar.
Hpo Win Daung Caves
Across the Myanmar Chindwin river and 25 km west of Monywa, hpo win daung is a long mountain shaped (locals claimed convincingly) like a reclining Buddha. It features 492 cave temples built inside the limestone cliffs. The cave, built between 14th and 18 th centuries, sprawl up and down the west side of the mountain, and are packed with 2588 buddhas and some boldly coloured murals in Myanmar.
Messier and dustier than Monywa, Shwebo sees even fewer tourists, but it's sights and Myanmar historical importance.
Travelers with up for grabs expectations and an interest in meeting chin folk with out talking a Myanmar government guided trip to chin Myanmar State. You can fly to Kalay myo, along way north of Mandalay and about 100 km from Indian border. There is not much to do in town, but it's interesting for the make up of its population and its slender setting, ringed by far off lush mountains. Most foreign face that does make it here belongs to Christian missionary types, who donate time and money to the Myanmar chin population, who live in the western half of town. The chin folk some times refer to Kalaymyo as "Zomi". There's some local debate on who lived here first Burma (Myanmar) or Chin at Kalaymyo Myanmar.
Map Of Sagaing Division Myanmar