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Ngapali Region

Shite-thaung Temple and Koe-thaung Temple

Shite-thaung Temple is one of ancient temples in Mrauk U, Rakhine state. The name of this temple means “Temple of 80000 Buddha Image” and also known as “Temple of Victory”. It was built by King Min Bar in 1535 – 1536.  It is typical of the many Buddhist temples found in Burma: a central bell-shaped stupa, surrounded by four smaller stupas at the corners, and a multitude of even-smaller stupas surrounding them.

Koe-thaung temple is the largest temple in Mrauk U, Rakhine State. The name of this temple also means “Temple of 90000 Buddha Image”. It was built by King Dikkha in 1554 – 1556.

Rakhine State Cultural Museum


The Rakhine State Cultural Museum is a museum where you can find and study the lifestyle and figurines of the Rakhine people and their traditional dress, traditional looms and arts of Rakhine people. It was established in February 1996. The admission fee is 2 US $ and opening hours are from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. It is located in Sittwe, Rakhine State.


Mrauk U Market


It is situated in Mrauk U. Local fishery fruits, dried food-stuffs and household wares etc. are offered at the market. One can observe the Rakhine culture and sometimes the Chin women with traditional tattooed faces can be seen.


Mrauk U Archaeological Museum


Just close to the House of Jewels, is the present-day archaeological museum which houses about three hundred pieces of articles consisting of artifacts from Rakhine State. It may well boast of ancient Buddha images, stone carvings, arms, stone inscriptions, coins and other.



Htukkan Thein Temple


Htukkan Thein Temple is one of the most famous temples in Mrauk U and it was built by King Min Phalaung in 1571. It is located on a small hill a stone’s throw away from the Shite-thaung Temple The entire temple has a total of 180 Buddha images in niches. On each side of the niches are sculpted male and a female figures said to represent the donors who made the construction of the temple possible.


Andaw Thein Temple


Andaw Thein Temple is a temple in Mrauk U located at the northwest corner of the Shite-thaung Temple. The name means ‘Tooth Shrine’ and it contains a tooth relic of the Buddha coming from Sri Lanka. It was built by King Thazata as an ordination hall between 1515 and 1521, and restored by Min Bin between 1534 and 1542. It was later expanded into a temple by King Raza II in order to house a tooth relic of the Buddha he brought back from his pilgrimage to Ceylon, either in 1596 or 1606–1607.