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Shittaung Paya

Shittaung means ‘Shrine of the 80,000 Images’, a reference to the number of holy images inside. King Minbin, the most powerful of Rakhine’s kings, built Shittaung in 1535. This is Mrauk U's most complex temple – it’…
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Kothaung Paya

One of Mrauk U’s star attractions, Kothaung Paya is also the area's largest temple. It was built in 1553 by King Minbin’s son, King Mintaikkha, to outdo his dad’s Shittaung by 10,000 images (‘Kothaung’ means ‘Shrine…
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Mahabodhi Shwegu

The highlight of this squat, little-visited temple is its passageway with bas-relief illustrations of the tribumi – Buddhist visions of heaven, earth and hell – including acrobats, worshippers and animals. At the en…
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Dukkanthein Paya

Built by King Minphalaung in 1571, Dukkanthein Paya smacks of a bunker (with stupas). Wide stone steps lead up the southern and eastern side of the building considered to be an ordination hall; take the east-side st…
Buddhist Temple in Mrauk U

Mahamuni Paya

Twenty miles north of Wethali, just beyond the former ancient capital of Dhanyawady, is Mahamuni Paya, the alleged first home of the buddha image now housed in the temple of the same name in Mandalay. The legend goe…
Buddhist Temple in Mrauk U

Sanda Muhni Phara Gri Kyaung Taik

The highlight at this hilltop monastery, and the temple's namesake, is the Sanda Muhni, a buddha statue said to have been cast from the precious metal left over from making the Mahamuni buddha. Legend has it that th…
Historic Site in Mrauk U

Wethali

About 7 miles north of Mrauk U are the barely discernible remains of the kingdom of Wethali. Founded in AD 327 by King Mahataing Chandra, according to the Rakhine chronicles, archaeologists believe that the kingdom …
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Andaw Paya

Andaw Paya takes the form of an eight-sided monument with a linear layout: rectangular prayer hall to the east, multispired sanctuary to the west. Sixteen zedi (stupas) are aligned in a square-cornered U-shape aroun…
Buddhist Stupa in Mrauk U

Sakyamanaung Paya

Roughly half a mile northeast of the palace walls, and behind Shwegudaung hill, this graceful Mon-influenced zedi (stupa) was erected in 1629 by King Thirithudhammaraza. At this later stage, stupas were built more v…
Buddhist Pagoda in Mrauk U

Peisi Daung Paya

Sitting on a hilltop, this unrestored four-door pagoda is thought to predate the Mrauk U period. Climb to the top, push your way past the rubble and cobwebs and inside you'll find four sandstone buddha images, three…