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Myauk U

Myauk U, the ancient City of Rakhine Kingdom ( 15th Century ), is known for its old temples with paintings of Indian cultural influence. It is reached by boat along Kalatan River from Sitway ( Akyab), the capital of Rakhine State. A boat trip takes about 5 hours.

The high-lights of Myauk U are the massive Shitthaung Paya a curiously remarkable temple with countless Buddha Images and relief, the fortress-like temple Htaukkan thein noted for the interesting stone sculptures in the vaulted passages; an octagonal temple Andaw-thein with its unique stone carvings and floral design; Sakya Man Aung, a tall attenuated stupa; and Archaeological Museum. 8 km to the north of Myauk U is Wethali, another ancient capital ( 8th to 10th century AD ) There is one more ancient capital called Danyawady which is about 22 km to the North of Wethali.

Shitthaung pagoda

This one, built in 1535 by King Min Bar Gyi (the most powerful one of the YAKHING kings), took one year to complete it with one thousand skillful workers. Its name means (Shrine of the 80000 images) for the 80000 Buddha images and the others were enshrined in it. Many interesting relives about the history of Buddha, Depicting people in YAKHING traditional dress engaged in festival-oriented activities (boxing, dancing, drama, wrestling) and The impressively carved and painted wooden ceilings, etc can be seen. And, it is said that it was used as a royal fortress with its thick walls, tiny windows and the commanding views of the surrounding area.

Koothaung Temple

This temple was built in 1553 by the king whose father built Shittaung pagoda (80000 images). Its name means (Shrine of 90000 images). The points, which make the temple so interesting, are the thousands of small Buddha relives on the walls, four Buddha images etc. Then, it is surrounded by the paddy fields and good views.


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