Stupas on hilltops
Stupas on hilltops at Sagaing, near Mandalay. Some miles down the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay, the Sagaing hills have long been the centre of Buddhist faith in Burma. For half a century after the fall of Pagan in 1315, Sagaing was the capital of an independent Shan kingdom until it was moved to nearby Ava. Ever since, it has been the major centre of Buddhist teaching, with more than 500 monasteries and convents scattered over its wooded slopes and valleys, the home of several thousand monks and nuns.
Photo ID: 13911_26_Sagaing
Author: Michael Freeman
File state: Final
Photo size: 18.5 Mpixels (53 MB uncompressed) - 5213x3553 pixels (17.3x11.8 in / 44.1x30.1 cm at 300 ppi)