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Wimmana gate (Kyidaw gate)

Winmana granary was one of the biggest granaries in the city. It was located to the north of Wuntenat mountain, to the west of the ridge where Nibuza pagoda lies and beside Mrauk-U Poephyu Kyun motor road. The winding gate was constructed at Kyidaw city wall in the western part of the city were Zeekyi (sluice gate), Nganat, Mauktaw, Taungshwe, Kazipat, (Kanseepat), Ngwedaung (sluice gate), Sinwin, Thazintan and Moelinwa.

Mauktaw gate was located at the meeting point of Nganat and Yathedaing city walls. It is about 50 yards from Shwekyathein pagoda. It was named after princess Mauktaw (Saw Shwe Kya), daughter of King Ba Saw Phyu. It was built of sandstone and 13 feet high, 9 feet wide and 14 feet long.

Kazinat (Kanzeepat) gate was built on Kyaukyit wall. It was located at the upper reaches of Kanzeepat creek part of Nwedaung garrison. During the reign of King Minba Gyi, the army of Tabin Shwehti was attached by irrigating water through this gate.

Moelinwa (Taung Phyu) gate was built on Taung Phyu outer city wall. When the Anandacandra Inscriptions Pillar was drawn from Vesali by the elephant Ziwazoe, it was dawn when the stone pillar reached the gate. It was called Moelinwa in memory of the event.

The entrances on the palace wall were used by royal people, king’s counsellors and high ranking officers of king’s army.

Tabintaing, Minthamee, Mauktaw and Thazintan entrances were used by princesses. And they were named after the princesses. Mingalar, Khinkaik (Chaingkaik), Makya, Latsaykan, Babutaung, Nganet, Taungphyu, Biluma, Kanthonsint, etc were named after the city wall.

Shun Pjo, Meethama, Minhtutse, Taung Shwe, Kanseepat, Maw Leik, etc were named after creeks, lakes and dams.

In Mrauk-U, there were rivers, creeks, lakes and dams named after Don, a Rakhine word for deep valley in a creek in Mrauk U. They were Nat Don, Narin Don, Ngaman Don, Bongyi Don and Kyaun Le Don were named after the Dons.

Ye Hla, Yan Naung, Ngwe Daung, Letha portals are named after garrisons. Moelinwa, Kyakhet, Sinphudaw, Tezarama, Wai Khin, Winmana, Kyetpaik, Thantamen and Sinwin gates were named after events and the use.

All those called "Paungwa" in Rakhine language were built of sandstone with the use of keystone archway construction technique. Sandstones were carved out to get necessary shape and joined with cement. One can study prominent architecture in Mrauk-U era at the gates. Out of all of them, only Minthamee, Shinphyudaw, Kyakhet, Letsaykan and Mauktaw gates remain in good condition.

Mrauk-U is an ancient capital of Rakhine where abundant cultural heritage lies. Study of the old capital is like study of a cultural knowledge bank. In the city where 48 kings ruled for 355 years from AD 1430 to AD 1785, we can still see stupas, pagodas, temples, the sites of monasteries, palace, granaries, city walls, turrets, banquettes, barricades, garrisons, various types of moats and gates in original forms or in ruin. Out of these cultural heritage, it would be a good idea to have some knowledge of the old gates. There are three walls; palace wall, city wall and city boundary wall in Mrauk-U. Total length of the walls was about 19 miles. At the walls, winded gates, main gates and sluice gates were constructed.

The compounds of the palace was divided with three walls. The name of the gates constructed at the walls were Mingalar, Ape’, Nanthakan, Taungnan, Pankhondaw, Sindaw, East and West. Some famous gates are as follows;

Mingalar gate was northeast gate of the second compound to the north of the palace. It is located a few yards away from the former office of Township Peace and Development Council. Royal people used the gate for auspicious ceremonies. Ape gate was the west gate of the second compound to the north of the palace. It is located to the west of Mingalar gate. It was used by royal people for funerals.