Mawlamyine, formerly Moulmein, is the fourth largest city of Myanmar (Burma), 300 km south east of Yangon and 70 km south of Thaton, at the mouth of Thanlwin (Salween) River. The city is the capital and largest city of Mon State and the main trading center and seaport in south eastern Myanmar.
The Mon name which was previously used for Mawlamyine, Moulmein means “damaged eye” or “one-eyed man.” According to legend, a Mon king had a powerful third eye in the centre of his forehead, able to see what was happening in neighbouring kingdoms. The daughter of one of the neighbouring kings was given in marriage to the three-eyed king and managed to destroy the third eye. The Burmese name “Mawlamyine” is believed to be a corruption of the Mon name.
The Thanlwin bridge, the longest road and rail bridge in Myanmar is the most prominent landmark in the area. It stretches a distance of 11,000 feet over the Thanlwin river connecting the country’s south eastern region with Yangon.
Mawlamyine is generally considered to be off the main tourist trail for most travellers to Myanmar but the town does have a charm of its own with its rich history, buildings with colonial style architecture, World War II era wooden buses, and its close proximity to the infamous Siam-Burma “death railway”, making it a fascinating place to visit! Mawlamyine is now being transformed into a modern city with many new public and private buildings coming up. Only the old pagodas on the Mawlamyine Ridge remind us of her ancient origins.
Mawlamyine is famous for its tropical fruits and for its cuisine as indicated in the popular Burmese expression, “Mandalay for the speaking, Yangon for the bragging, and Mawlamyine for the eating.” Among its tropical fruits, Mawlamyine pomelo, durian and rambutan are the most famous and traded countrywide.
Kyaik-kami Yele Pagoda
Kyaikkami is a resort town in the Mon State of south-east Myanmar.
The town is situated on a peninsula about 48 km (30 mi) south of the town of Mawlamyine. It is a popular destination for local pilgrims and some tourists. The town has a pagoda (Kyaikkami Yele Pagoda or Kyaik-kami Ye Le Paya) just constructed on the sea using the natural foundation of its ocean reefs, which is connected with the corridor to the beach and always attracts the people for the festival of donations over the sea tides.
- Kyaikthanlan Pagoda
- Kyauktalon Taung (Hillock)
- U Zina Pagoda
- Win Sein Taw Ya Reclining Buddha
- Santawshin Pagoda
- Mahamuni Pagoda
- Nwa La Bo Pagoda
- The Death Railway Museum
- Zin Kyaik Waterfall
- Kyaikkami Yele Pagoda
- Setse Beach
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