More than 200 local and foreign travellers are visiting the Sagaing Yoke Sone monastery on Sagaing Hill every day. The Yoke Sone, or Ariyawuntha Chaung, monastery is being promoted as a tourism site by the regional government and is well-known for art from the Inwa era.
“The monastery is always crowded with visitors. We get over 200 visitors per day and over 500 visitors on the weekends and fullmoon days. We have one or two foreigners arriving here on motorcycles every single day. Sometimes, the monastery hosts groups of over 40 or 50 foreigners travelling by car. Most people come to explore the wooden sculptures at the monastery and take photos,” said the residing Sayadaw of the monastery.
The Sagaing Yoke Sone monastery is a fine example of the architecture of the Inwa era. It was built and donated by the second king of Inwa to Ariyawuntha Sayadaw. The monastery has been renovated by Sitagu Sayadaw over the last 15 years, after the death of the first resident monk, Ariyawuntha Sayadaw.
The Ten Great Birth Stories of the Buddha are depicted on the walls of the monastery, with magnificent wooden craftwork. —Myo Win Tun (Monywa)
(Translated by La Wonn)