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Culture and Historical Sites


It is famous for its impressive ornate wood carvings, 267 teak pillars and a superb collection of Buddha images, and the monastery, 180 feet in length and 103 feet wide, is a showcase of Innwa era heritage.

The road to Sagaing has to cross the Ayeyawady River on the Innwa Bridge which is a kilometer long. It was opened in 1934 and the British demolished two spans of it in 1942 in order to deny the advancing Japanese.

The moat was filled by water from a muddy canal but surprisingly the reddish water turned crystal clear. This moat water was potable and is free from lime content. It also served a double purpose as a good protection from enemy assault.

The Archaeological Museum, on 10.97 acres, was completed in April 1998 at a cost of over 1,200 million kyats. The museum was officially opened on April 17 1998, and currently there are nine exhibition halls.

War Cemetries
Japanese donors, including former World War 2 soldiers donated US$ 110,000 to build the memorial of reclining Sutaungpyay Image of Buddha.