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Mrauk U Cycling Guide
Located in Northern Rakhine State, Mrauk U is a major archaeological spot in Myanmar and has only recently become a reachable tourist destination. Some dating back to the 15th century when Mrauk U reached its zenith. Most of the sites in Mrauk U date back to the 15th and 16th centuries, such as Shittaung Pagoda, which was built by King Minbin in 1535 and remains the main attraction for visitors. The ruins of the royal palace and the remains of the city walls are worthwhile sightseeing points. The most popular mode for tourists to travel to Mrauk U is to take a domestic flight from Yangon to Sittwe and board a boat from Sittwe against the Kaladan River. A popular myth amongst the Arakanese and the Burmese people is that the name Mrauk U was derived from a legend of a monkey offering Gautama Buddha an egg as a sign of devotion, it is purported that the name Monkey Egg (Myauk U) stuck with the region, and from it, the current Mrauk U was derived. The main attractions are the temples and ruins around the town such as a small archaeological Museum near Palace site, Shitthaung Pagoda – the most impressive meaning 80,000, with its endless perambulatory tunnels, Dukkanthein Pagoda, Andawthein Shrine are some of the sites to see in Mrauk U. Mrauk U is an ancient city in the Rakhine State which is situated in the western part of the Union of Myanmar. Mrauk-U is also a place where cultural heritages have flourished for many years. The Rakhine State is close to the Bay of Bengal and the coastal region is full of rocks and reefs and may be that is why so many stone-sculptures can be seen as ancient cultural crafts in the Rakhine region.