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Andaw Thein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

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Getting to The Andaw Thein Temple

The Andaw Thein Temple is located directly behind the Shittaung Paya and is worth a look!

Andaw Thein Temple

The Andaw Thein temple is located at the northwest corner of the Shittaung Temple (pronounced ‘She-thang’). The name means ‘Tooth Shrine’. It contains a tooth relic of the Buddha coming from Sri Lanka. It was first built as an ordination hall between 1515 and 1521 by King Thazata, and restored by Min Bin between 1534 and 1542.It was later expanded into a temple by King Raza II in order to house a tooth relic of the Buddha he brought back from his pilgrimage to Ceylon, either in 1596 or 1606–1607

Mrauk U

Mrauk U, which means “North Far” may seem to be a sleepy village today but not so long ago it was the capital of the Arakan empire where Portuguese, Dutch and French traders rubbed shoulders with the literati of Bengal and Mughal princes on the run. Mrauk U was declared capital of the Arakanese kingdom in 1431. At its peak, Mrauk U controlled half of Bangladesh, modern day Rakhine State (Arakan) and the western part of Lower Burma. As the city grew, many pagodas and temples were built. Several of them remain, and these are the main attraction of Mrauk-U.

Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

You’ll also notice this all over Myanmar, but especially Mrauk U: The names on the temple markers are a little differnent than how they are spelled in guide books. e.g.: the temple marker shows the name “Andaw Thein Temple’, whereas the tour books will write it ‘ Andawthein Temple’.

Andaw Thein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Andaw Thein Temple (Temple Marker), Mrauk U, Myanmar

Exterior of Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Exterior of Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Exterior of Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Exterior of Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Exterior of Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Exterior of Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Exterior of Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Exterior of Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Andaw Thein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Andaw Thein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Interior of Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Interior of Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Interior of Andaw Thein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Interior of Andaw Thein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar. Looks like they’re doing some renovations??

Exterior of Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Exterior of Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Interior of Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

Interior of Andawthein Temple, Mrauk U, Myanmar

For more information on how to get to Mrauk U, please click here for the detailed post.

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Here are some VERY useful items I used on the road; the Myanmar guidebook was indispensable as there was no reliable internet thoroughout our three weeks there.

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