Sagu Yokesone Monastery with ancient artworks enchanting cultural tours

Sagu is located in Minbu (Sagu) Township of Magway Region about 10 miles north of Minbu and 13 miles south of Pwintbyu. It was established by King Narapatie Sithu. with 400 people and nine city gates. The name was changed to Sagu from Thakuna.
Sagu Town boasts of more than 100 pagodas and it becomes a tourist attraction due to the famous mural paintings at Htaygyi pagoda, Bonanthu pagoda, Kywete pagoda and Sutaungpyae Yokesone pagoda.

Among these sites, the three-storey monastery and Hmankin Yokesone monastery also have the best ancient artworks.

The Sagu Yokesone Monastery, Hmankin Yokesone Monastery and Kan Oo Monastery were constructed by U Thaik, son of Sagu Mayor U Saing and Daw Ngwe, and wife Ma Yoe and daughter Ma Wat on 6th waning of Nayon, 1266 Myanmar era, according to Sayadaw U Osadha.
The three-storey Sagu Yokesone Monastery is more than 100 years old and constructed with 172 posts, and is 136 feet in length and 72 feet in width.
Each of the pillars outside the monastery is curved with the sculptural works depicting Buddhological works as well as the lifestyle of locals in the Bagan era.
Among many monasteries in Myanmar, the ones with wooden sculptures depicting 550 Jataka stories are called Yokesone monastery.

Of them, Mandalay Shweinpin Yokesone Monastery, Sagaing Yokesone Monastery, Salin Yokesone Monastery and Panpu Yokesone Monastery in Salay and Sagu three-storey Yokesone Monastery and Hmankin Yokesone Monastery in Minbu (Sagu) Township are the most famous places. — Zeyar Htet (Minbu)/GNLM

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