The division is one of spiritual significance. Many famous pagodas were built in the region, namely the Pu Hto, Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin, including Kaung Hmu Phya, Shwe Kyae Yet, Mingun Pu Hto Taw Gyi and many more. So, once can appreciate that the region is the very hallmark of spiritual and Buddhism culture.A prominent market is located in the town of Monwya, being the Mya Thala Zay, Chindwin Yadana Zay, Zay Thit, Thiri Yadana Zay and Aung Chantha Zay, sell all types of goods and electrical equipment. Some delicacies such as pork and chicken skewers and salted roasted peabuts can be found in the Thiri Yadana Zay, along the Station Road. Also available in Sule Kone yat and Kyauk Lan. Also popular is the Myo Ma Zay and Tahan Zay located in Kalay town.
In the Sagaing State across the Ayeyarwaddy River are the Mingun Pathodawgyi and the largest ringing bell best known as the Mingun Bell. The Sagaing Hill is famous for meditation. The Thanboddhay Pagoda in Monwya is another tourist destination.
There are some restricted areas for travel for the foreign tourists in Khan Ne, Homlin and Kalay town within a 4 mile radius and is strictly prohibited.
Famous lacquerware factory can be visited in Kyauk Kar village, 12 miles to the east of Monwya and the hanlin hot springs. Alaung Taw Kathapa pagoda is located some 60 miles north west of Monwya, Twin Taung is located along the 3 mile highway and 19 miles north of Monwya.