Another highlight of Mrauk U is Mrauk U Museum which is located close to the palace site. Here, there is a great collection of ancient artifacts of Launggret, Vesali and Mrauk U periods, not to mention the bronze Buddha icons of Rakhine and a number of inscribed stone inscriptions in Sanskrit.
For a long time, Mrauk U – the Rakhine State’s ancient city has a reputation for the astonishing flourish of cultural heritages taking place over the years. What’s more, the region is near the Bay of Bengal where there exist a huge number of rocks and reefs. This explains why stone sculptures can be considered ancient crafts that reflect diverse culture of the Rakhine region. As a place for cultural heritages to flourish, the Archaological Museum in Mrauk U was established with a view to allowing those being keen on century-old cultural artifacts as well as relics to have a chance to gain a first-hand observation of those amazing cultural heritages dating back to long time ago. In the Museum lies a stone Wunti God Image of the 15th century. Especially, you can also find pieces of stone Vishnu Image of the 15th century, the Wetha Li coins between 4th and 8th century as well as tablets of stone-sculptures during Mrauk U period. The museum also houses household appliances from Mrauk U period or wonderful stone sculptures, encompassing God of Earth, Wathoundarei, Godness and Wathoundara. For sure, you’ll not regret your time here as there are so many exciting things to explore. If you’re interested in stone inscription, there is no better place than the museum to study precious and valuable stone inscription of Purain Ah Song-Taung (AD – 1430), Wara Dhamma Yar Zar (AD – 1618) AND An Taw Thein (AD- 1596).