Sitagu Buddhist Academy


Set up in 1994 to educate the brightest young monks, this academy is a major intellectual centre for Theravada Buddhism. The centrepiece is a Sanchi-style hemispherical stupa, gilded and embossed with dharma-wheel patterns. In the surrounding arcade are photos of Asia's great Buddhist sites, often shown as holiday-style snaps featuring the university's founder-monk Ashin Nyanissara.

You can walk around the campus anytime, but it would be odd to visit at night, after the monks turn in (around 8pm).

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2. Soon U Pon Nya Shin Paya

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4. Thakya Dita Nunnery

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5. Shwezigon

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This small pagoda offers nice views over the countryside.

6. Shin Pin Nan Kain

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Shin Pin Nan Kain's brass-clad stupa sits on a hilltop that's lower than Sagaing Hill, but has even better panoramas.

8. Aung San Statue

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This gilded statue of Aung San in army uniform surveys a busy road junction.