Mawlamyaing (Mawlamyine, Moulmein)

mawlamyaingThe place where can be accessible by all means of transport like by car, by railway, by boat and by flight after passing on four big rivers is Mawlamyaing and is also the third big city of Myanmar situated 270 kilometers far south of Yangon. Famous sites to worth visiting in Mawlamyaing are Belu Island, Kaungsay Island, Kyaikthanlan Paya on 40 meter high hill, culture Museum, monasteries on top of the hill side and the main market. Rudyard Kipling, an English Author in 1889 introduced Myanmar with the world by his book, "Letters from the east". He also composed a very long worldly known long verse overlooking the scene of the sea from the high mountain of the pagoda. In the center of town, there is a hill from which one can look over the town, the river and the hinterland. Of course there are a number of Pagodas on that hill. It is amazing to see how green the city is. Looking from above, it seems there is rather forest than a large town. The local buses in town are old-fashioned trucks. If you proceed Mawlamyine (Mawlamyaingsa) it can be accessible to Kyaikmayaw , Mudon and the Win Sein Tawya meditation center and the retreat with 160 meter-long reclining Buddha image.

GAUNG SE KYUN MID-RIVER MONASTERY

Is a small island in the middle of Than Lwin (Salween) River and can be reached with a small long tail boat. It is a

pleasant and quiet place, which let you feel spiritual. You can walk around the stupas and the monastery buildings through the garden. Nuns and monks live on this little island.



MAHAMUNI PAGODA

Probably the most sacred pagoda although not especially outstanding from an artist or architectural point, the pagoda is on the hill, overlooking the whole area. You can walk or drive up the pagoda. MON CULTURAL MUSEUM The museum is worth the entrance fee although one would hope that the glass of the showcases would permit a better view of the displayed items. Buddha Images, music instruments, coins, lacquerware and more from different centuries are displayed.