Rakhine State

Mrauk U's bustling market sits in the centre of town and has all the usual piles of produce, dried fish, clothes and household goods.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Rakhine State attractions

1. Palace Museum

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Just inside the palace’s western walls is the Department of Archaeology’s insufficiently illuminated but worthwhile museum. Inside you'll find an…

2. Haridaung Paya


Built around 1750, this small white temple with fine westward views is on a hilltop just north of the palace walls. It’s a good place to get your bearings…

3. Laksaykan Gate

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Ceremonial gate south of the palace that leads to Laksaykan Lake.

4. Sanda Muhni Phara Gri Kyaung Taik

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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…

5. 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…

7. Shwetaung Paya

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Southeast of the palace, the ‘Golden Hill Pagoda’ is the highest in Mrauk U. Built by King Minbin in 1553, it’s accessed by a few trails largely lost…

8. Shittaung Paya

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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…