Sagaing Hill

Heading east out of Mandalay, cross over the expanse of Ayeyarwady River by traveling across Yadanabon Bridge. A walkway built on the side of the bridge is a convenient place to stop and admire the hill's hundreds of pagodas as they glisten in the sun.

Central River Valley, Myanmar,

The winding road leads past monastery after monastery until reaching the top of the hill and Sone Oo Phone Nya Shin Pagoda. A large, smiling Buddha greets visitors as they enter the pagoda. The adjacent patio offers sweeping views of the Ayeyarwady River and Mandalay.

Another notable feature at this pagoda is the ancient paintings inside depicting the life of Buddha. Vivid with color and detail, each tells a tale from this history of their revered spiritual leader.