alaungdawkathapaThe Alaungdaw Kathapa Hational Park, one of six sites in Myanmar on the ASEAN Heritage Parks list, is the home of many wild animals, including elephants, tigers, deer and a variety of rare bird species. About 100 species of butterfly are also found in 621 square-mile ( 1,608 sq km ) park in Mingun township, about 95 km nothrwest of Monywa, the capital of Sagaing Division. The paek is an ideal area for observing wildlife and for conducting environmental research in the virgin jungle. Recreational activities include trekking and elephant riding. A wildlife sanctuary was established in the area in 1941 and it was declared a national park in 1984. The park is also well-known as the site where the remains of a highly revered monk named Arahat Kathapa have been enshrined.