Global Treasures SAGAING Myanmar
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On the opposite shore of the Ayeyarwady River in the centre of Burma are the Sagaing Hills. The history of Sagaing dates back to the beginning of the 14th century when the royal city of Bagan fell and the city became the new capital of Burma. However, its importance as a centre of power was short-lived, yet around 50 years later, the newly founded Inwa became the capital of the Burmese Empire.
More than 700 hilltop and valley monasteries have made Sagaing one of the world’s most important centers of Buddhism.
The Pa Ba Kyaung Monastery is situated on Sagaing’s western hills and is surrounded by two elevations, a place of tranquility and meditation. Peaceful and serene, the statues and Buddha images appear to stare into the very soul of all those who come here.
It is not surprising that for nearly 800 years, the region’s pagodas have attracted the faithful as well as tourists from around the world.
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