Apr 1, 2010

Sceneries of Rathedaung

Rathedaung is a little town in northern part of Arakan (Rakhine) state, which is on the way from Akyab (Sittwe) to Buthidaung. It is situated on the half way between these two towns, it is 80 nautical miles from Akyab to Buthidaung and Rathedaung is at 40 nautical miles from those two towns. But, believe it or not, it took about 6 hours to travel from Rathedaung to Akyab. Serious!!! On the way back from Rathedaung to Akyab, the ship departed Rathedaung by around 3:00 pm and reached to Akyab by about 9:00 pm.

Anyway, with helps of those slow moving vehicle, people can use as daily transport to and fro one place to another. Thanks alot to IWT.

Here we'll go, I'd like to share some scenery of Rathedaung.

It is the most distinct landscape of Rathedaung, called Rathedaung Zeti (Pagoda).
From Rathedaung

This is view of same place from other side.

From Rathedaung

In the second world war time, Rathedaung was one of the distinct places in Arakan. And in Anglo-Burmese wars also, Rathedaung involved as a prominent place.
From Rathedaung

From Rathedaung

Here is the scene that you can see from top of the hill. The lake is the main drinking water supply for whole Rathedaung, and people fetch water from that lake with portable container and used it as drinking water.
From Rathedaung

If you go down along the stairs on the slope of the hill, you can see statues of two lions there.

From Rathedaung

When I saw this tree, I felt something. The tree remains stem and branches only. No leaves, nothing. I just took this photo and give name "Beauty of Nothing" In the past the tree will have greenish leaves and it will have a time with full prosperity. Now, it has nothing. In my mind, I assume it can represent old age life of human being. My friend, how's your opinion?

From Rathedaung

This is another hill very close to Zeti Taung and Rathedaung township, it is Sigar Taung.
From Rathedaung

The following is the statues inside ordination hall on top of Sigar Taung.
From Rathedaung

Beside that ordination hall, there is another hall that housed one thousand statues of novices. On every 10th month of Myanmar Calendar, month of Pyar Tho, the people celebrate the festival called "Festival of Thousand Novices". People all over arakan state come over there and join this festival.


  1. I am really homesick when I saw many nice pictures of our town in your site. But I have not chanced to return back to my native town at the present.

    Sorry brother for my comment!

  2. Thank you for your comment. Though you are not able to go back, you can see all these photo and feel as you reach over there. There are a few more posts about Rathedaung, please check it out.


  3. The ship leaves Rathedaung at 3:00 Pm and arrives at 9:00 Pm?? Are you a native of Rathedaung? Very late arrival to Sittwe is 6 or 7:oo Pm. You should urge the respective official the transportation by car in your post. When do we have the chance to travel by car to and fro Rathedaung? It is one of the only two townships ( Another Pauktaw) in Rakhine State without car road towards the other township. It's really nonsense!

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