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Myanmar Sagaing Hill

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There is a place in Myanmar where the glow of the stupas stands out over a landscape of green hills. We talked about the hill ofSagaing hill, a place where gold and white make up a fascinating scene.Mandalay may have its chaotic or dirty part, but this small town on the outskirts of the old capital places it in one of the most important and beautiful destinations ofMyanmar. Let's see where, what and how to enjoy this beautiful Myanmar scene.


From Sagaing Hill

When we arrived in Mandalay, the first thing we thought of in a relentless August rain was, one day here and we drove north. But after walking through its streets, knowing what surrounds this city and discovering places like Sagaing Hill made us change our mind, and we spent 3 days walking and driving a loud moped.

A little history

Sagaing is located on the southwest shore of Mandalay, 20km from the center and 7km from the longest teak bridge in the world, the so-called Bein. It was the capital of an independent kingdom in 1315 after the fall of the wonderful Bagan. With the arrival of the British, the east bank where Mandalay is, became more important and even had the privilege of walking the streets of the writer George Orwell. Luckily, except for the arrival of motor vehicles it has barely changed and it is possible to enjoy a space where more than 6,000 monks currently live.


Arrival of British troops to Mandalay in 1885

What to visit in Sagaing

There are several interesting points to visit on the other side of the Ayeyarway river, but you have to consider two things, the sun and the stairs. Take water and especially go calmly to visit its temples, as it is an endless way up and down stairs, some in poor condition, but with really spectacular views. Do not be surprised that they can "assault" some monk to ask for money or dogs to look for a caress.


Sagaing hill

Sagaing

It is the most interesting place in the area. To access the temples there are several entries, but the main one is the one on the same road that goes towards Mingun Paya. It is easy to locate, since it is near a roundabout and at the entrance there is a checkpoint that gives access to the enclosure. The cost of the entrance is around $ 5, but if you are a bit more rogue, 500m below is one of the hill exits where you can do the same route without paying a harsh, yes, we do not recommend it, since it is worthwhile that at least part of the entrance fee is invested in maintaining this sanctuary.


Soon U Punya Shin Pagoda, Sagagin Hill

As soon as you leave the entrance, hundreds of steps await you, forcing you to make more than one stop. During the climb to the hill you will see monks praying and the occasional school or temple where you see them pray. Just at the end of the climb will appear Soon U Punya Shin Pagoda, with incredible views of the rest of the hills and Mandalay.


From Sagagin Hill. In the background the bridge to Mandalay

There is a small restaurant there and the occasional post for buy water If you still have some of the climb. From this point it is possible to access the rest of the temples and hills. We recommend you go down the eastern stairs, which go to the river.


Soon U Punya Shin Pagoda, Sagagin Hill

Market by the Ayeyarwady River

On way to Mingun Paya There is a market next to the Ayeyarwady River. Our intention was to arrive by motorcycle, which is less than an hour away, but we came across a market that cut off access to our final destination. At the beginning it was, how do we do it ?, but in the end we enjoy the market We didn't go to Mingun Paya.


Market towards Minkun

It is a classic market for local people, in fact there was no tourist. People arrive on foot, by motorcycle or by boat. There it is possible to buy both vegetables and traditional clothes and even eat, since a lot of stands are enabled to taste the local food. Of course, it is a real immersion in their culture.


Market towards Minkun

Practical data

How to get?

From Mandalay there is the possibility of sharing a taxi from the hotel, about 8,000 MMK or renting a motorcycle, 13,000 MMK. Of course the motorcycle is the best option, yes, be careful, although after all in Myanmar they drive better than in the Arab countries.

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