Rakhine State

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info Rakhine State is located between 17o 21'N and 21o 24 'N latitudes and 92o 10 'E and 94o 54 'E longitudes bordering Bangladesh on the north-west, Chin State on the north, Magway Division, Bago Division and Ayeyarwaddy Division on the east and the Bay of Bengal on the west and south.   

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 Area & population

The population of Rakhine State is 2,045,891 made up of Rakhine, Mro, Thet, Maramagyi, Daingnet, Kaman, Linke, Anoo, Shandoo and Khaungso in addition to Myanmars and Chins. The area is 14,200 square miles and the Capital is Sittwe. There are 17 Townships and 1,160 Wards and Village Tracts in Rakhine State. The State Day is 15th December.


Agriculture

Agriculture is the main economic activity: principal crops being paddy, chili, Myanmar tobacco, coconut, betel nut and dhani. Groundnut, maize, rubber, matpe, bocate bean, soya bean, and gram are also cultivated. The Kissapanadi river runs through the state, giving water for plantation.


Resources

Oil exploration is in progress along Rakhine offshore. Rathetaung Township, Baronga Island, Cheduba Island, Ramree Island and Muwe island produce some oil. Coal is found in Sittwe Township and marble in Taungup Township. There is a four-mile long lime-stone hill on Ramree Island. Half of the State is covered with forests that yield valuable woods and bamboos. Solar salt making is another occupation in Thandwe, Taungup and Kyaukpyu townships.

The main lines of communication to Rakhine State are by sea and by air. Kyaukpyu port is a good international freighter port. At one time Rakhine State was a populous State with many capital cities of Rakhine Kings.


Nearby attractions

The famous unspoilt Ngapali beach is in Rakhine State, stretching along the Bay of Bengal. It is famous for its clean aqua blue water and the sandy beach shore. There are many luxury hotels for tourists and locals for accommodation. The southern beach of Kanthaya is reached from Ayeyarwaddy division by road.

Mrauk U, or the ancient city of the Rakhine Dynasty is also a popular destination in this state.

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A Rakhine Couple

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Map of Rakhine State

 

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