Andaw-thein Temple

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Andaw-Thein Temple
The Andaw Thein Ordination Hall and Temple
Andaw-thein Temple is located in Burma
Andaw-thein Temple
Andaw-thein Temple
Location within Burma
20°43′6″N 93°6′30″E / 20.71833°N 93.10833°E / 20.71833; 93.10833
Denomination Theravada
Founded 1515–1521 (ordination hall)
1607 (temple)
Founder(s) Thazata (ordination hall)
Raza II (temple)
Country Myanmar

Andaw Thein (Burmese: အံတော်သိမ်ဘုရား, Burmese pronunciation: [àɴdɔ̀ θèiɴ pʰəjá]) is a temple in Mrauk U located at the northwest corner of the Shite-thaung Temple. The name means 'Tooth Shrine'. It contains a tooth relic of the Buddha coming from Sri Lanka. It was first built as an ordination hall between 1515 and 1521 by King Thazata, and restored by Min Bin between 1534 and 1542.[1] It was later expanded into a temple by King Raza II in order to house a tooth relic of the Buddha he brought back from his pilgrimage to Ceylon, either in 1596 or 1606–1607.[note 1]


  1. ^ (Gutman 2001: 112) says he rebuilt the Andaw Thein in 1596 after the Ceylon trip. But chronicles (Sandamala Linkara Vol. 2 1999: 84) mention just one pilgrimage to Ceylon, leaving for the island state in Tazaungmon 968 ME (31 October 1606 to 28 November 1606). This means he probably had the structure enlarged in 1607.


  1. ^ Gutman 2001: 112


  • Gutman, Pamela (2001). Burma's Lost Kingdoms: Splendours of Arakan. Bangkok: Orchid Press. ISBN 974-8304-98-1. 
  • Sandamala Linkara, Ashin (1931). Rakhine Yazawinthit Kyan (in Burmese) 1–2 (1997–1999 ed.). Yangon: Tetlan Sarpay.