Sagaing

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Sagaing
စစ်ကိုင်းမြို့
The Ava Bridge on the Irrawaddy
The Ava Bridge on the Irrawaddy
Sagaing is located in Burma
Sagaing
Sagaing
Location in Burma
Coordinates: 21°52′56″N 95°58′43″E / 21.88222°N 95.97861°E / 21.88222; 95.97861Coordinates: 21°52′56″N 95°58′43″E / 21.88222°N 95.97861°E / 21.88222; 95.97861
CountryBurma
DivisionSagaing Region
Population (2005)
 • ReligionsBuddhism
Time zoneMST (UTC+6.30)
 
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Sagaing
စစ်ကိုင်းမြို့
The Ava Bridge on the Irrawaddy
The Ava Bridge on the Irrawaddy
Sagaing is located in Burma
Sagaing
Sagaing
Location in Burma
Coordinates: 21°52′56″N 95°58′43″E / 21.88222°N 95.97861°E / 21.88222; 95.97861Coordinates: 21°52′56″N 95°58′43″E / 21.88222°N 95.97861°E / 21.88222; 95.97861
CountryBurma
DivisionSagaing Region
Population (2005)
 • ReligionsBuddhism
Time zoneMST (UTC+6.30)

Sagaing (Burmese: စစ်ကိုင်းမြို့; MLCTS: cac kuing: mrui., pronounced: [zəɡáiɴ mjo̰]) is the capital of Sagaing Region (formerly Sagaing Division) in Myanmar. Located on the Ayeyarwady River, 20 km to the southwest of Mandalay on the opposite bank of the river, Sagaing with numerous Buddhist monasteries is an important religious and monastic center. The pagodas and monasteries crowd the numerous hills along the ridge running parallel to the river. The central pagoda, Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, is connected by a set of covered staircases that run up the 240 m hill.

Sagaing was the capital of Sagaing Kingdom (1315–1364), one of the minor kingdoms that rose up after the fall of Pagan dynasty. During the Ava period (1364–1555), the city was the common fief of the crown prince or senior princes. The city briefly became the royal capital between 1760 and 1763 in the reign of King Naungdawgyi.

On August 8, 1988, Sagaing was the site of demonstrations which were concluded by a massacre in which around 300 civilians were killed.[1]

Today, the city is a frequent tourist destination of day trippers. The city is home to the Sagaing Institute of Education and the Sagaing Education College.


View of Ayeyarwady River from Sagaing Hill, Sagaing Division, Myanmar

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Sagaing
Preceded by
Pinya
Capital of Sagaing Kingdom
June 1315 – April 1364
Succeeded by
End of Kingdom
Preceded by
New Kingdom
Capital of Ava Kingdom
April – September 1364
Succeeded by
Pinya
Preceded by
Shwebo
Capital of Burma
26 July 1760 – 23 July 1765
Succeeded by
Ava