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Sagaing

On the West bank of the Irrawaddy river lies Sagaing, which was the capital of the small Sagaing Kingdom in the 14th century. Sagaing is now an important place for Buddhist study and meditation. A large number of monasteries and pagodas are scattered on the hills of Sagaing. The U Min Thonze Pagoda on Sagaing Hill is known for the 45 large Buddha images placed in a crescent row in the main hall. The Kaungmudaw Pagoda in Sri Lankan style was built in 1636 and is one of the largest stupas in Burma. The Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda on top of a small hill was built early 14th century. From the top are great views of Sagaing and the Irrawaddy river.