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Mrauk - U, Myanmar

Mrauk U is one of the most popular and valuable destination in Myanmar. It has been described as a “Lost City”and the boat trip from archeological site of Wethali, another ancient capital of Rakkhine Kingdom dating back to the 4th century. Mrauk U is noted for its fort-like temples and pagodas built of stone and brick, rich with distinctive statuary and relief. Shitthaung Pagoda, Dukkanthein Pagoda, Andawthein Shrine are some of the sites to see in Mrauk U. The most impressive among them is the Shitthaung Temple or “temple of the 80,000 Buddhas” located about half a mile to the north of the palace site was built by one of the most powerful kings of the Mrauk U Dynasty, called by the people, Minbargyi. It was constructed six feet thick of solid sandstone and like “rock cave tunnel”. No mortar was used in the construction and stones were connected with stone buckets. It is believed that the 84,000 of the Buddha’s relics with the same number of the Lord’s images are enshrined in it, hence the name Shitthaung. About 8 km north of Mrauk U is the archeeological site of Vassali, another ancient capital which flourished during the 7th and the 10th centuries. The Mahamuni Shrine, one of the famous Buddha Images in Myanmar, is situated in Kyauktaw, 30km from Mrauk U. There are Mrauk u Museum in Mrauk U and the Buddha Museum in Sittwe, where articles of archaeological and cultural value are on display.

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