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Published on Nov 17, 2012
Western Myanmar Mrauk-U: 700 Buddhist pagodas in the midst of a beautiful landscape
Mrauk U is an ancient city, where according to the legend Lord Buddha has been. It has a very special atmosphere. The old temples are situated in the midst of a beautiful and peaceful landscape. It feels like the Buddha energy is still there. People live a simple, relaxed and peaceful life. Mrauk U is not easy to reach. First a flight from Yangon to Sittwe. You have grand views from the plane as you can see at my photos. Book it some weeks before during the tourist season.
Then a 3 or 7 hour boat ride (depending on the availability) to Mrauk U. Again great panoramas as you can see in rivers around Mrauk U. It is very worth the effort. I got the feeling how far we, in the so called developed countries, have gone from this simple, natural and peaceful way of living. Living in harmony with each other and with nature.
Dotted in the midst of this beautiful landscape are about 700 Buddhist pagodas (temples), dating from the 16th century. Some are recently excavated and restored. Others remain forgotten, covered with vines and vegetation. The larger pagodas certainly have historical importance, because their well preserved interiors, statuary and bas relief's. Mrauk U is scenically set against a backdrop of small hills with some lakes.