Soon U Pon Nya Shin Paya Pagoda and a Hundred More Pagodas on the Hills in Sagaing

Soon U Pon Nya Shin Paya Pagoda is one of the richly-decorated Buddhist temples on a hill in Sagaing. Of all the hundreds of pagodas in Sagaing, this one is the most-visited paya. Buddhist devotees flock here to give their offerings to the Buddha.

Soon U Pon Nya Shin Paya Pagoda and a Hundred More Pagodas on a Hill in Sagaing Mandalay Myanmar
Soon U Pon Nya Shin Paya Pagoda and a Hundred More Pagodas on the Hills in Sagaing (Mandalay, Myanmar).

After my sightseeing tour in Mingun the whole morning, my tuktuk driver/unofficial tour guide brought me to this pagoda. He told me that this temple sits on a frog-shaped hill.

Soon U Pon Nya Shin Paya Pagoda and a Hundred More Pagodas on the Hills in Sagaing
White and gold on the hills of Sagaing (Mandalay, Myanmar).

“The hill,” he said, “is Sagaing’s second tallest hill, called Son Nya Shin hill.

Soon U Pon Nya Shin Paya Pagoda and a Hundred More Pagodas on the Hills in Sagaing (Mandalay, Myanmar).
Can you count how many pagodas in here?

Where is Sagaing?

Sagaing, as you know, is 12 miles outside the city of Mandalay. The area has a lot of historical and cultural interests that spending a day here won’t be enough.

Sightseeing in Sagaing (Mandalay).
Sightseeing in Sagaing (Mandalay).

However, one thing that stays in the mind of Sagaing is the panoramic views of the pagodas from across the river.

Soon U Pon Nya Shin Paya Pagoda and a Hundred More Pagodas on the Hills in Sagaing (Mandalay, Myanmar).
The golden stupas compete with the jungle.

As we crossed the Sagaing bridge, my jaw dropped seeing the stunning views with golden stupas glistening under the sun.

Soon U Pon Nya Shin Paya Pagoda and a Hundred More Pagodas on the Hills in Sagaing (Mandalay, Myanmar).
Inside the Soon U Pon Nya Shin Paya Pagoda in Sagaing.

Inside Soon U Pon Nya Shin Paya Pagoda

Right when you enter and on top of the flight of stairs, a huge statue of Buddha greets you. This is the biggest one in the temple and tends to be crowded.

Tourist attractions in Sagaing (Mandalay)
Tourist attractions in Sagaing (Mandalay)

Inside, the lavishly-decorated ceilings are marvellously impressive!

Buddhist Temple in Sagaing Hill
There are hundreds of Buddhist pagodas / temples on Sagaing Hills.

The columns, the walls, and the floors are truly head-turners, too!

Things to do in Sagaing Mandalay
Inside the Soon U Pon Nya Shin Paya Pagoda in Sagaing.

Everything around pops colours and they’re a feast in the eyes.

Things to do in Sagaing Mandalay
Things to do in Sagaing Mandalay

Don’t forget to look up and dote on the 97-feet golden stupa made in 1312.

Things to do in Sagaing Mandalay
Things to do in Sagaing (Mandalay).

When you are done inspecting every details of the interior, invite yourself to the outdoor balcony of the pagoda.

Things to do in Sagaing Mandalay
Sightseeing in Sagaing (Mandalay).

In here, the breathtaking views of the hills and the Ayeyarwarddy River await your admiration.

Sightseeing in Sagaing (Mandalay).
Sightseeing in Sagaing (Mandalay).

Don’t try to start counting how many pagodas you can see. Just drink in the views and admire it silently.

Sightseeing in Sagaing (Mandalay).
Sightseeing in Sagaing (Mandalay).

Standing here, I told myself that Myanmar, undoubtedly, is the country with the most number of Buddhist pagodas. I’m pretty sure about that. 🙂

Sightseeing in Sagaing (Mandalay).
Sightseeing in Sagaing (Mandalay).

Cheap Hotel in Mandalay

I stayed at Hotel Iceland. It’s a basic but nice hotel walking distance to the town centre. There are a lot of convenience shops, restaurants, and food stalls in the area. The rooms are clean and the staff members are nice. They serve breakfast on the top floor overlooking the city. You can book it via BookingTripAdvisor, and Expedia. If you are looking for a hostel, you can find it here.

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