Rakhine’s MraukU cultural zone packed with holidaymakers on New Year’s Day

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People visit Shitthaung Temple, MraukU, Rakhine State. Photo: MraukU (IPRD)

Local and foreign year-end holidaymakers thronged the MyaukU Archaeological Zone in Rakhine State on New Year’s Day.
Famous pagodas and temples in the Mrauk U Township of Rakhine State, including the Shitthaung Pagoda, the Htukkanthein Temple, the Andaw-thein Ordination Hall, and the Yadanabon and Mahn Ngar Parr pagodas, were teeming with crowds on 1 January, a public holiday.
Murals depicting the life of the Buddha on the walls of the Yan Aung Zeyya temple, also known as the Shitthaung Pagoda, and ancient pagodas such as Mingala Manaung, Yadana Manaung, Sakya Manaung, Zina Manaung, and Lawka Manaung pagodas also attracted visitors. The holidaymakers visited the cultural spots of Rakhine on rented cars and boats.
Rakhine ethnic utensils, stone sculptures, sculptures of Buddha, silvers coins, and musical instruments displayed at the Rakhine State Cultural Museum and the palace grounds of the Royal Residence of the Rakhine King also proved to be a big draw for visitors.

—Mrauk U (IPRD) (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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