DESTINATION IN SITTWE
Sittwe is a harbor and the capital city of Rakine
State. It is located on the western coast of
Myanmar. The majority of habitants are Rakhine and
they speak dialect of Myanmar. The visitor can see
some colonial buildings, fish market, Rakhine
Museum, Pyilonechanthar pagoda, pharos. Most of the
local people are fishermen.
Mrauk U is the most famous and the last capital
of Rakhine Kingdom from 1430 to 1784. It was founded
by King Min Saw Mon in 1430 AD. Mrauk U reached its
peak of aura during the time of King Min Bin
(1531-1553). It is 80 km north of Sittwe. A visitor
can get there by boat passed Bay of Bengal and drive
along kaladan river. There are so many interesting
Temple and monuments in Mrauk-U.
The biggest and most wonderful Shittaung Temple
was built by king Min bin in 1535. Shittaung means
‘’shrine of the 80000 Buddha figures”. A visitor can
walk inside and see different sculpture.
It was built by king Minphalaung in 1571 AD. The
meaning of Dukkanthein is “Ordination hall that
spiritually reinforces the town.
It was built by king Minbin son’s Mintaikkha in
1553. He copied his father’s temple Sittaung and
gave the name Kothaung. It means “the shrine of
90000 images”. It was damaged in 1776 by earthquake
and in 1997 renovated.