Mawlamyine is the Capital of Mon state with a charm of its own with its rich history and architecture. The city also the Capital of former British Empire and it was a major teak port from 1827 to 1852. The town’s landmark Kyaik Than Lan Pagoda was built in 875 A.D. Kyaik Ka Mi was a small coastal resort and well-known for Kyaik Ka Mi Yele Pagoda.
Other interested places in Mawlamyine include Bilu Kyun, Setse beach, Shwe Yin Hmyaw pagoda that is very popular Buddha temple and Win Sein Tawya.
Kyaik Htee yoe (Golden Rock)
Kyaik Htee Yoe Pagoda, known as Golden Rock was built in 574 B.C according to the legend. It lies 229 km from Yangon and built on a huge boulder which stands on the edge of cliff, 1095 m above sea level. The rock and pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaik Htee Yoe. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Myanmar after the Shwedagon pagoda and Mahamuni pagoda.
Kyaik Than Lan
Kyaik Than Lan Pagoda was erected in 875 A.D during the reign of King Mutpi Raja. A hair relic of the Buddha, Tripitaka manuscripts and gold images of the Buddha were enshrined in the pagoda. The successive kings raised the pagoda higher and higher until it reached a height of 46m from its original height of 17m.
A big bell with mon inscription and another bell with an inscription in English, dated 30th march 1885 can seen on the pagoda platform.
Situated 24km south east of Kyaikkkami and 16 km southeast of Thanbyuzayat. Wide brown sanded beach tends towards tidal flats when the shallow surf life recedes at low tide. The beach is lined with weaving casuarina trees.
Thanbyuzayat, 60 km to the south of Mawlamyine, there is a war memorial to the 100,000 prisoners of war and civilians who perished during the construction of the “death railway” at the hands of the Japanese during World War II. The railway was made infamous by the epic 1957 film “Bridge on the River Kwai”.