Unlike its larger neighbor, Mandalay, which has only one hill, Sagaing has a series of wooded hills that stretch along the riverbank and mottled with golden and white stupa towers to create an iconic Asian scene.
Sagaing Hill has many pagodas, monasteries and meditation centers known as a peaceful place for Buddhist study. People can enjoy the wonderful view over Sagaing here. Pagodas and monasteries have occupied the numerous hills along the ridge running parallel to the river. The central pagoda, the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, is connected by a series of covered staircases that lead up the 240-meter-high hill. It is considered the most impressive pagoda and was built in 1312. The view of Sagaing from here is wonderful. Another spectacular sight on Sagaing Hill is U Min Thounze Pagoda.
In the ancient, from 1315 to 1364, Sagaing was the capital of the Sagaing kingdom, which was one of the smaller kingdoms that rose after the fall of the Bagan dynasty. The city was briefly royal capital between 1760 and 1763 under King Naungdawgyi. Today, in the city itself, behind and south of the main hill, you can visit a bustling market, colonial buildings, ceramics workshops and monastic schools.