Mawlamyine, also known as Moulmein, is the main trading center and seaport in south eastern Myanmar. Being the capital city of Mon State and fourth largest city in Myanmar makes it the headquarters for travelers in this region. Inside it is filled with crumbling colonial-era buildings, while from outside surrounded by hills covered with stupas and monasteries, as well as, from its west siding with calm Thanlwin River. Mawlamyine is one of a kind when it comes to combining its charm, landscape and cultural side.
Between 1827 and 1852 Mawlamyine served as British Burma capital and at the time was the major port of the country. Nowadays, ex-colonial capital charms with faded glory, however, not that much has changed, and if you have ever wondered what life was during the British rule in Myanmar – Mawlamyine is a right place to explore! Despite the intrusions of modern technology and being Myanmar fourth largest city, it is a pretty good time capsule.
Even though you could spend days researching history inside the city, wandering around Mawlamyine is what really keep you busy. The area around Mawlamyine has enough attractions, ranging from beaches to caves and from islands to mountains to keep a visitor happy for several days. Our personal wish was to visit nearby biggest laying Buddha in the World with cultural museum inside. Impressive!
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