Places in Western Myanmar
Mrauk U (Myohaung)
‘Little Bagan?’ Not by a long shot. Myanmar’s second-most-famous archaeological site, Mrauk U (pronounced ‘mraw-oo’) is different in just about every way. The temples – previously mistaken for forts due to thick bunker-style walls built against the fierce Rakhine winds – are smaller and younger, and unlike Bagan’s, are predominately made from stone, not brick.
Rakhine State’s capital Sittwe sits in an incredible spot where the wide, tidal Kaladan River kisses the big fat Bay of Bengal. Despite this, sectarian violence in 2012 and the town's generally scrappy vibe mean that most visitors approach the city as little more than the transit point for the ruins at Mrauk U.
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