Rice Market

Rakhine State

A few blocks north of the main market is the Rice Market, with tiny lanes between the Kaladan River and Strand Rd filled with simple wooden homes where traders hawk brown and sticky rice – some bound for Bangladesh.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Rakhine State attractions

1. Central Market


Focused on the 1956 municipal market building, Sittwe's market has lots of action from dawn to noon and beyond – it’s well worth popping by before your…

2. Old Clock Tower

0.21 MILES

Sittwe's old clock tower is more notable than its newer counterpart and is close to the market.

3. Rakhine State Cultural Museum


This museum is grand looking from the outside, but much less so inside, and features two floors of dusty Rakhine cultural goodies. On the 1st floor are…

4. Jama Mosque

0.35 MILES

This impressive 1859 building – the oldest mosque in Sittwe – could have been lifted out of the pages of Arabian Nights. Sadly, since the 2012 sectarian…

5. Maka Kuthala Kyaungdawgyi


Monk U Bhaddanta Wannita spent 49 years collecting old coins and buddha images from monasteries to protect them from thieves. Some of his collection is…

6. Fruit Bat Trees

0.54 MILES

Hundreds of noisy fruit bats migrate from these trees on Main Rd every evening at dusk, having spent the day jostling with crows for space in the trees…

7. Shwezedi Kyaung

0.58 MILES

Partly housed in a picturesque, ramshackle colonial-era building on a backstreet, this was the monastery of U Ashin Ottama (1880–1939), a leader of the…

8. New Clock Tower


Sittwe's newish clock tower sits at the southern end of Main Rd.