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Just southwest of Mandalay and across the Ayeyarwaddy River, white and gold pagodas decorate the hillsides of the ancient capital of Sagaing, sometimes referred to as mini-Bagan. Several hundred monasteries and nunneries dot these holy hills, home to some 6,000 monks and nuns.

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Sagaing, now the capital of the eponymously named state, began life as the capital of an independent Shan Kingdom from 1315-1364, before the action moved across the river to Inwa. Sagaing tootled along quite happily with an occasional new pagoda here and fresh stupa there until it experienced a second flowering as the Burmese royal capital from 1760 till 1763, during King Naungdawgyi's reign. Then the fidgety capital moved back ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)


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