We crossed the Ayeyarwaddy and quickly arrived in Sagaing, a low-key city just 25 km south of Mandalay. Sagaing is the capital of the Sagaing Region, which stretches all the way north almost to Tibet. Sagaing has largely devoted itself to spiritual matters. Today, around 6000 monks live in the numerous monasteries dotted around the town. The main reason to come here is for Sagaing Hill.
Before Sagaing Hill, however, our guide decided to take a detour. Hearing us talk about monks and nuns, and seeing how much we liked the children we encountered in Burma, he took us to the Aung Myae Oo Monastic Education Center.
The education they get here is free, and it is considered an honor for a family to have a nun or a monk in training in one of these schools.