A living center of Buddhist faith lying across Ayerwaddy River 20 kilometers from Mandalay, Sagaing is an important religious center with some 600 Buddhist pagodas temples and monasteries.

Sagaing is also famous for its silversmiths as there are hundreds of silver workshops in and around the city, many of which can be found along the Sagaing-Monywa highway. Various kinds of silverware such as jewelry, bowls, trays, boxes, and Buddha images are made.