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Visit Mawlamyine in Myanmar

Mawlamyine is an elegant tropical town located in Myanmar. His has many ancient colonial buildings lining it tranquil and peaceful streets. It is also famous for its market stalls and the array of fresh seafood that it has on offer. A visit to Mawlamyine inspired Rudyard Kipling to write his famous poem Mandalay, so perhaps it could inspire you to do something great too. In terms of its location the city can be found at the mouth of the Thanlwin river and one of the main points of focus there is the Kyaik Than Lan Pagoda, which leans over the city and ha some outstanding views that can be seen from it. It is a very old building as it was built in 875 AD and contains a lot of Buddhist history.

There are also other places to visit in Mawlamyine that could take your historical and cultural interest and allow you to learn more about the city such as the St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church and the deserted St Matthew’s Church too.  However, if just having a relaxing time is your thing then the riverfront is one of the best places to go to get a few extra rays in during the evening. Why not grab a drink and a bite to eat whilst you are there with the wide selection of bars and restaurants it has to offer to serve until late. If you want to get out of town for a day then you could either go 20km south and find the world’s largest reclining Buddha in Kyauktalon Taung, explore the caves of Kawgoon and Payon and discover the several Buddha images or go to the Kyaikkami pagoda sitting on the rocks by the sea joined to the land by the causeway. Whichever of them takes your fancy they can all be reached by taxi from Mawlamyine.

 

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Pa Auk Taw Ya Monastery

Pa Auk Taw Ya monastery is located only 9 miles south of Mawlamyine. This is the one of the largest meditation centers in Myanmar. The monastery teaches sati patthana vipassana (insight-awareness meditation). Foreigners can visit for the night or several days.

Pa Auk Taw Ya Monastery
Win Sein Taw Ya Monastery

Win Sein Taw Ya Monastery

Win Sein taw Ya monastery is situated about 20 km south of Mawlamyine. There has the largest reclining Buddha image in the world. The reclining Buddha is 180 meters in length and 30 meters in height. Inside there are many rooms with dioramas of the teachings of Buddhism and Buddhist shrine in one of the rooms and for a place of worship. It is the attraction place for the visitors.

Kyauktalon Taung

Kyauktalon Taung is an interesting flat rock 300 (91m) in height with a Buddhist shrine situated on top. It located at the eastern side of Mawlamyine-Mudon highway. It is a very steep climb to the top and quite challenging for the adventurers. It also reminds you of Mount Popa in central Myanmar.

Kyauktalon Taung
Thanbyuzayat

Thanbyuzayat

Thanbyuzayat is a town in Mon State of southeastern Myanamr. It is the administrative centre for Thanbyuzayat Township. Thanbyuzayat is located about 64 kilometres (40 mi) south of Mawlamyine and 24 kilometres (15 mi) south of Kyaikkami.

During World War II Thanbyuzayat was the western terminus of the Thailand-Myanmar Railway linking up with the pre-war coastal railway between Ye and Yangon. Thanbyuzayat was also the site of a Japanese Prisoner of war camp for the prisoners who worked on building the railway and over 3,000 Allied servicemen are buried there in the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery.

Shampoo Island (Gaung Sae Kyun)

Gaung Sae literally means “head medicine” or shampoo in Myanmar language and “Kyun” means island thus giving rise to its English name of Shampoo Island. It has been given this name from Ava period when water from a spring on this island was used in the annual royal hair washing ceremony. The island also has a Buddhist meditation centre although these days with the Thanlwin bridge being built just 50 meters abeam the island, meditation on the island is far more challenging than what it used to be, with vehicle traffic and railway line being literally only a stone’s throw away. Sandawshin Pagoda is also located on the island.

Shampoo Island (Gaung Sae Kyun)

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