Splendours of Arakan
Gauthier Schouten, Dutch Explorer, 1660 - As we ascended sufficiently high up the mountain, we could descry the city of Arakan and the golden roofs of the palace, which shone magnificently in the rays of the sun. Here and there, both in the mountain and in the valleys the eye fell on many pagodas, which made the view most enchanting. To the other side lay our settlement and our residence, with lakes, fish-ponds, orchards, and country houses. On the opposite side of the mountain was a descent into a lovely country which in the far distance was seen to be encircled by yet another mountain dotted with townships, villages and beautiful fields. Indeed, it would be difficult to imagine a more enchanting landscape.