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Mawlamyine, also known as Moulmein by British, is the capital of Mon State with a charm of its own historical background and colonial-era building. Mawlamyaing is a really pleasant town surrounded by mountains and blue sea.
Background History
The old town of Ramawady had been founded by Shan and Mon at the place near Kawbein village 2300 years ago. And then move to the present site of Mawlamyine by King Monpiraja after an outbreak of diseases.
According to Legend, the first founder of the city, King Motpiraja has a beautiful living mole at his forehead. He seemed to have three eyes. This mole had been disappeared after using an unclean towel presented by his rival king. Later he was named Motmaelane meaning one-eye destroyed king. The town he founded has the same name and later it changed to Mawlamyine.
In the early 16th century, it is a small town while Motama, the city across the river, was a very busier and more popular trading port. Mawlamyine was just a border town between Myanmar and British Burma after the Anglo-Myanmar war in 1826. It was described as a fishing village with a population of fewer than 4 people in one square mile at the time British first arrived. The population grows very quickly as Chinese, Indian, and Thai made settlement in Mawlamyine becoming a cosmopolitan town and a busy trading center of British lower Burma. Mawlamyine is the first town that the British opened English Schools and Churches.
Kyaikthanlan Pagoda was built in 875 A.D. during the reign of King Mutpi Raja. A hair relic of Buddha and Buddha scriptures and images were enshrined in this pagoda. This town’s landmark is the place where Rudyard Kipling wrote his famous poem; “the road to Mandalay “.
Yadanar Bone Myint / Queen Sein Done Monastery was built by U Shwe Lay and Daw Shwe Pwint in dedication to Waziyaryama Sayadaw (Monk) in 1886. It was also known as Queen Seindon Monastery because of her supervision on its construction. The wood carving inside is very nice and similar to the Royal building of Mandalay Palace. In the main hall, there is a lion throne used for a display of a replica of Buddha’s tooth relics from Sri Lanka.
Win Sein Taw Ya reclining Buddha has 30 meters high and 180 meters in length and can be seen far away. The reclining Buddha is filled with rooms that showcased dioramas of the teachings of Buddha and a shrine.
Other attractions around Mawlamyine are Cottages industries for making handicrafts at Bulu island, Sete beach, Khaw Nyat Monastery, Mon cultural museum, and Kha Yone cave.
How to get there
About 300 km away from Yangon, it can be reached by road and rail or by a 40-minute flight from Yangon – twice a week.
Famous Mon Ethnic Food
- Mon Thingyan Rice, special food for the New Year festival for Mons.
- Nga-Nhat Mon-Hin, a famous and delicious sour fish soup.

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