Explore Sittwe - the capital of Rakhine State on a next trip to Myanmar Explore Sittwe - the capital of Rakhine State on a next trip to Myanmar

Explore Sittwe – the capital of Rakhine State on a next trip to Myanmar

Explore Sittwe – the capital of Rakhine State on a next trip to Myanmar

Formerly Akyab, Sittwe is the capital of Rakhine State, western Myanma, situated on an estuary island at the confluence of three rivers: Kaladan, Myur, and Lemyo. The name Sittwe in Burmese means ‘the place where the war meets’. Originally being a small village, and now become an important seat of maritime commerce, Sittwe is not only a trading area but also a tourist destination in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Located in a tropical monsoon climate area, Sittwe has two seasons: dry and rainy season. The rainy reason, from April to November, is more favorable for travelling. All things considered, Mahamuni Buddha, Buddhist Museum, Thalondaw Datt Pagoda and Rakhine State Cultural Museum are more attractive than others. Mahamuni Buddha is a temple where people in town celebrate the annual lighting festival, crowded at the end of Buddhist Lent. Tourists come here in October and November may be participated in this festival with the natives.

Most people use Sittwe as a stopping point for Mrauk U and rarely spend time in the city. However, a brief visit is well-rewarded. At sunset, visit The Point at the end of the Strand (50 kyat admission fee) for a glimpse of the sun setting over the Bay of Bengal. Walk back along the Strand to the City Point Restaurant for some beer and music by the water. The city is also known for its fruit bats which take wing by the hundreds at dusk. Swing by the lively Central Market near the bus stand. A Fish Market operates in the early hours next door to the Central Market if you like seeing fish by the thousands. Sittwe is also a much better place for trying Rakhine food than Mrauk U.

Shwe Zedi Kyaung

the most famous being the Shwe Zedi Kyaung, Golden Pagoda monastery in Myanmar

Sittwe has several pagodas and monasteries, the most famous being the Shwe Zedi Kyaung (Golden Pagoda monastery), which can be found around ten minutes walk to the west of the central market. Founded in 1903, it is one of Sittwe’s most beautiful buildings, and holds an important place in local religious and political life; it was the monastery of revered anti-colonialist monk U Ottama. You can just wander in and the monks will be happy to show you around the main building, its school and its (British Council-funded) library.

Restaurants, ATMs and other practical information

There are a number of restaurants around town that have a variety of freshly caught seafood and other Rakhine dishes, which tend to be spicier than Burmese fare – several restaurants are centred on Set Yone Su street. There is a Visa- and Mastercard-ready KBZ Bank ATM on the east side of the main road, five minutes walk north of the central market.

Foreigners no longer need a special permit to access Sittwe (despite what some tour agencies might tell you) and the curfew imposed in 2012 has been lifted.

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