An ancient capital of Rakhine (Arakanese) kingdom, Mrauk U prospered from 1430 to 1785. It used to be a transit point for goods such as rice, ivory, elephants and tree sap from Ava Kingdom of Burma and of cotton, spices, textiles, slaves and horses from Bengal, India, Persia and Arabia.
Today, Mrauk U is hosting many pagodas and temples that have Indian influence in style and architecture. Most of them were built of hewn stone bricks.
An offbeat destination, Mrauk U is behind the timeline unspoiled, peaceful and tranquil. A “fairy land”, in fact!