Once served as the capital of the powerful Arakan Empire, Mrauk U Town is now a peaceful village with the images of farmers raising goats, working on the farms or women taking water from the well together with hundreds of ancient temples and pagodas.
Likely a forgotten land, Mrauk U still continues its simple daily life.
Arakan Empire was founded in 1430 by the king Min Saw Mon with the capital of Mrauk U during 350 years until 1785. On the most prosperous time, Arakan accounted for half of Bangladesh territory and the west of current Myanmar.
The fame of Mrauk U was rumored to Europe. It became a magnificent capital in the East after a Portugal missionary Fray Sebastien Manrique came here in 1653. Together with the development of the city, the king and the affluent residents built lots of Buddhist temples and pagodas.
There are lots of impressing temples and pagodas in Mrauk U village.
Several constructions remain serving as worshipping places and also attractive destinations for tourists arriving in the city. In fact, Mrauk U is the city with the second-largest number of temples and pagodas in Myanmar after Bagan.
Different from Bagan, Mrauk seems to be an abandoned city without many tourists. One of the main reasons is that there is no airport here but the unique transport is a boat which takes around 7 to 8 hours. Another different feature of Mrauk U is in the local lifestyle. Their daily lives take place right in the ancient constructions.
Green moss encloses densely in the ancient walls of Mrauk U temples.
The temples in Mrauk U are also special as built from stone bricks instead of mud and clay bricks. Some of them were built with thick walls which can serve as accommodations in case of wars.
Used to be the capital of Arakan, Mrauk U is surrounded by walls and trenches. The center of the city is the royal palace - one of the very few constructions remaining alive until now in Mrauk U.
Mrauk U is most breath-taking at the dawn when the sun is still not willing to go up.
Tourists will be easily bewitched before an exotic Mrauk U.