(Mrauk U, 30 October 2013): With an aim to woo more tourists on the understanding that the situation has improved in Mrauk U, an ancient city of Arakan State, the authority has lifted the night curfew from the locality on 23 October, said officials and local residents.
“We are happy as the authority has decided to lift the section 144 of night time curfew in our town. The curfew affected our daily lives and livelihoods miserably,” said an office bearer of RNDP Mrauk U unit.
The night curfew was imposed by the Burmese authority in October last year after a series of sectarian violence broke out in the township.
The authority also prohibited the foreigners visiting Mrauk U due to security reasons after the riot.
Mrauk U, being an important tourist spot with the historical background relating to the last Arakanese kingdom, faced severe losses in its tourism markets due to the restrictions. The city of countless pagodas and Buddha images earlier used to attract a large number of foreign tourists.
Now the Burmese authority has decided to upgrade the tourism sector in Arakan State for the revenues that might help the poor province of Burma and it expects that the lifting of all prohibitions would help attracting more domestic and international tourists to Mrauk U and Ngapali sea beach.