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Sittwe is a small town located on the Bay of Bengal. The confluence of three rivers meets here and dumps into the sea creating several small islands. Sittwe is a very important port town for the Rakhine State, and it is the capital of the Rakhine State in the west and also the entrance city to the archaeological site of Mrauk U. Although there is not much to do in Sittwe, there are a few highlights that are not to be missed. There is the Payagyi Temple, Buddhist Museum, and View Point. The museum hosts a variety of Rakhine Style Buddha images from various periods of time, and don’t miss the sunset over the Bay of Bengal at View Point, which is a nice recreational spot situated above the coast. Before you leave be sure to try some traditional Rakhine food, it is said to be the best in the state.
Mrauk U is an archaeological treasure trove and medieval town in the Rakhine State. The town is located east of the Kaladan River, and it is surrounded by hills to the north and south. Stretching along the Bay of Bengal it occupies a narrow strip of land in the west of the Myanmar. It was founded in 1431 by King Min Saw Mon and served as the last capital of the Rakhine Kingdom. There are many ancient sites to see, and some of them date further back than those in Bagan. Some of the most notable pagodas are the Shite-thaung Temple (Temple of 80,000 Images), Htukkanthein (Htukkan Ordination Hall), Koe-thaung (Temple of 90,000 Images) and the Five Mahn pagodas.
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