Irrawaddy River separates Sagaing and Mandalay. To stay away from the hustle and bustle of Mandalay, many tourists would have a day trip to Sagaing. Travelling along the river from Sagaing, you will arrive in the city of Mingun where the famous Mingun Bell is located in.
Sagaing was the capital city from 1760 to 1764. Until now, it is still an important religious centre in Myanmar. Among the forest green, there are white and gold of Buddhist buildings.This has become a signature scene of Sagaing. After climbing the stairs of the mountain, you can view from top the complementary scenery of Sagaing with the Irrawaddy River. In Mingun, the major attractions include Mingun Pahtodawgyi, Lions of Stone and Mingun Bell. Built in 1808, the construction of Mingun Bell came to completion after two years and weighs 90,000 kg. According to the locals, the Mingun Bell is currently the largest functioning bell in the world.