The old capital of Rakhine founded in 15 century, and remained its capital for 355 years. The golden city of Mrauk U became known in Eruopen as a city of oriental sledor after friar Sebastain Manrique visited the area. Father Manrique’s vivitd account of the coronation of King ” Thiri Thudhamma” in 1635 and about the Rakhine Court and intrigues of the Portugese adventurers fire the imagination of later authors. Mrauk U can reach from Sittwe through a very pleasant river journey about 4 hours. Even the pagodas are strategically located on hilltops and look like fothresses and indeed they are once use as such in times of enemy intrusion. There moast, artificial lakes and canals and the whole area could be flooded to deter or repulse a attackers.
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