- Exploring Sagaing and Amarapura ancient capitals of Myanmar.
- Crossing Yodanapon Bridge, known as New Ava Bridge overlooking to the Old Ava Bridge, built by British in 1934.
- Visiting U Min Toe Se Pagoda, Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda and Sun U Pon Nya Shin Pagoda and admiring the sweeping views over the city and the Irrawaddy River.
A Day to Remember in Sagaing and Amarapura
Explore Sagaing and Amarapura, two of the ancient capitals of Myanmar, and discover hundreds of beautiful temples and artisanal workshops.
On the way to Sagaing, stop at Shankalay Kyun, a small village home to talented artisans. Take a stroll through the plantations and the village and visit some of the workshops to see the craftsmen practicing furniture making, wood carving and bronze casting.
Cross the Irrawaddy River via Yadanapon Bridge, also known as New Ava Bridge, and enjoy the views of the Old Ava Bridge built by the British in 1934.
The bridge leads you into Sagaing, the spiritual centre of Myanmar where hundreds of white, silver and gold pagodas and monasteries dot the hilly landscape.
Visit U Min Thoe Se Pagodas containing 45 Buddha images; and the 17th century Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda which boasts a number of Buddhist relics. Carry on up Sagaing Hill to see Sun U Pon Nya Shin Pagoda and to admire the sweeping views over the city and the Irrawaddy River.
Stop in one of the small villages to discover the unique craft of making paper dolls. See how the dolls are moulded, and then decorated with gold paper and paint. Keep a look out for the paper dolls in the shape of owls as these are believed to bring good luck and fortune to the owner.
Continue to Amarapura to see exquisite fabrics being produced in the silk weaving workshops. Then head to the famous U Bein Bridge, built from teak and stretching for over one kilometre across Taung Thaman Lake. Linger here for a while to take photos of the breathtaking sunset, before returning to Mandalay.
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