The golden Buddha of Mahamuni Paya is well worth a visit. The nearby ancient city of Ava with its walls and wooden temple, the huge cast-iron bell at Minguin and a brick temple reached by boat along the river, are all not to be missed. The craft of making gold leaf and puppets are also kept very much alive here. The monastery area of Sagaing is home to 100’s of monks and nuns and a number of silversmiths practice their craft here.
Although nowadays it is a thoroughly modern city, in certain parts of the old city its old charm is still alive and it is well worth visiting for a day or two on a Burma holiday.