Mrauk U


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Mrauk U,

archaeological site and capital of the former Arakan kingdom, Rakhine State, central W Myanmar. The kingdom flourished in the 15th to 18th cent., and Mrauk U was an important trading city, with ties to India, Persia, Arabia, Portugal, and the Netherlands. Its ruins contain hundreds of brick and stone temples and pagodas. Shittaung pagoda, built by King Min Bin (1535) and considered the main temple at the site, is said to contain 80,000 statues of the Buddha. Kothaung temple, built by King Mintaikkha (1553), Min Bin's son, is even larger, with a purported 90,000 Buddhist images.
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Tensions have increased in Rakhine since mid-January, when Myanmar police shot dead seven demonstrators, while 12 people were injured in Mrauk U township in the northern part of the state, after a local gathering celebrating an ancient Buddhist Arakan kingdom turned violent.
The demonstrators gathered late on Tuesday in Mrauk U township in the northern part of Rakhine to mark the end of the Arakan kingdom, the secretary of the Rakhine state government, Tin Maung Swe, told Reuters.
The riot, which spread from Minbya to as many as nine areas covering Mrauk U, Kyauk Phyu, Myaebon, Yathedaung, Kyauktaw, Pauktaw, Yanbye and Thandwe, has been reportedly put under control on Oct.
It is believed that this temple was built in 1784 and the statue of Budha, which was brought from Mrauk U, is said to be as old as the Buddha himself.