SITTWE is a port city in
PAYAGYI: this temple features a large plain shed supported by pillars decorated with a glass mosaic. A large sitting image beneath the shelter was cast in 1900 in the Rakhaing style - minus the 'royal attire' common to many Rakhaing images.
Wethali and Mrauk U period artifacts and a number of more contemporary exhibits.
WATERFRONT: as a seaside
town, Sittwe has plenty of waterfront action. The road along the river is
called 'The Strand'. 'The Point' is a land projection at the confluence of the
Day 2 Sittwe - Mrauk U
After breakfast, sightseeing
Overnight in Mrauk U
ANDAW PAYA: smaller eight-sided monument with a similar linear layout as Shittaung. The original construction of the shrine is ascribed to King Minhlaraza in 1521. Sixteen zedis are aligned in a square-cornered U shape around the southern, northern and western platforms.
YADANAPON PAYA: this is the largest stupa in the area and stands just north of Andaw Paya. Damaged by WWII bombing, only the bottom 'bell' portion and base remain standing. According to local chronicles, the mammoth stupa was sponsored by Mrauk U's Queen Shin Htway in 1612.
DUKKANTHEIN: said to have been constructed by order of King Minphalaung in 1571, Dukkanthein stands on a bluff 100 meters to the northeast of Shittaung. A loose translation of the name is 'ordination hall that spiritually reinforces the town'.
PITAKA TAIK: built in 1591 under King Minphalaung as a repository for the Tripitaka (Buddhist canon), and one of the few Mrauk U-period libraries that have survived.
LAUNGBANPYAUK PAYA: built in 1525 by order of King Minkhaungraza, it is locally known as the Plate Pagoda, because a wall in front of the structure is embedded with plate-like tiles in bright yellow, red, white, and blue.
SAKYAMANAUNG PAYA: this graceful zedi was erected in 1629 under King Thirithudhammaraza and at this point in the development of Mrauk U architecture; the stupa was modified into a more vertical and highly ornate form, an obvious absorption of Bamar and Shan styles, by way of Bagan and Ava.
PALACE RUINS: walls and
gateways of sandstone blocks and earth are all that's left of the Mrauk U royal
palace, constructed in 1430. A museum within the old palace walls contains a
good collection of religious sculptures and other artifacts unearthed around
Day 3 Mrauk U
After breakfast, excursion to Wethali and
Mahamuni - the original site for
Overnight in Mrauk U
WETHALI: according to Rakhaing chronicle, Wethali was founded in 327 AD by King Mahataing Chandra. Archaeologists believe that this kingdom lasted until the 8th century. Of the oval-shaped city boundaries that remain, only parts of the moat and walls are still visible amid the rice paddies.
MAHAMUNI: location of the paya, which sits
at the northeastern corner of the old Dhanyawady city site. This was the
original site for
Day 4 Mrauk U - Sittwe
After breakfast, transfer to the jetty and proceed
by boat to Sittwe - Journey south by ferry, which are old double-decker
Irrawaddy Flotilla vessels. Sightseeing in Sittwe - the provincial capital and
Overnight in Sittwe
After breakfast at the hotel, free time at
leisure before transfer to the airport for departure flight from Sittwe to
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