Saggaing lies 21km southwest of Mandalay on the west bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Saggaing is known as a meditation center. A living center of Buddhist Faith, is an important religious center with some 600 Buddhist Pagodas, temple and monasteries.
The unique and gigantic shape of this pagoda lies 10km northwest of Sagaing and dated to 1636AD. King Thalun built this pagoda to house the tooth of Buddha and miracle-working emerald bowl relocated from Bago, the former Burmese capital of 16th century. A perfect hemisphere dome rise 46-m and 274-m in circumference. The road to this pagoda passes several pagoda ruins left from between 14th and 18th centuries.
Perched on the highest point of Sagaing Hills overlooking the numerous pagodas, monasteries, snake-like staircases & caves that dominate the lush green treetops bordered with the huge bend of Ayarwaddy River is the 14th century stupa and undoubtedly a good spot for the photo enthusiastic.