Mingun (Burmese: မင်းကွန်းမြို့; MLCTS: mang: kwan mrui. [mɪ́ɴɡʊ́ɴ mjo̰]) is a town in Sagaing Region, northwest Myanmar (Burma), located 11 km up the Ayeyarwady River on the west bank from Mandalay. Its main attraction is the ruined Mingun Pahtodawgyi.
The culture of Burma (or Myanmar) has been heavily influenced by Buddhism and the Mon people. Burmese culture has also been influenced by its neighbours India, Thailand and China. In more recent times, British colonial rule and westernisation have influenced aspects of Burmese culture, including language and education.
Sagaing Region (Burmese: စစ်ကိုင်းတိုင်းဒေသကြီး, pronounced: [zəɡáiɴ táiɴ dèθa̰ dʑí], formerly Sagaing Division) is an administrative region of Burma (Myanmar), located in the north-western part of the country between latitude 21° 30' north and longitude 94° 97' east. It is bordered by India’s Nagaland and Manipur States to the north, Kachin State, Shan State, and Mandalay Region to the east, Mandalay Region and Magway Region to the south, with the Ayeyarwady River forming a greater part of its eastern and also southern boundary, and Chin State and India to the west. The region has an area of 93,527 km², and population (1996) of over 5,300,000. The population in 2012 is 6,600,000. Urban population is 1,230,000 and rural is 5,360,000. The capital is Sagaing.