Mon State covers the upper part of the Tanintharyi Peninsula. It consists of islands, hills, tropical forest, crop land and plantations. Mawlamyine, Myanmar’s fourth largest city is the capital of Mon State. Kyaikhtiyoe (Golden Rock) Pagoda is located to the north of Kyaikhtotownship. Thaton is the capital of the ancient Mon Kingdom, dating back to before the Kingdom of Bagan. There are beautiful beaches in the area, including at Kyaikkami and Setse. Thanbyuzayat, 60 km to the south of Mawlamyine, there is a war memorial to the 100,000 POWs and civilians who perished during the construction of the so-called “death railway” at the hands of the Japanese during WW II. The railway was made infamous by the epic 1957 film “Bridge on the River Kwai”.Kyaik Than Lan Pagoda, built in AD 875, is thought to be the setting where Rudyard Kipling wrote his famous poem, ‘The Road to Mandalay’. Win Sein Taw Ya, is the site of the largest reclining Buddha statue in the world. KyauktalonTaung is a flat rock formation 91 m high with a Buddhist shrine situated on top of it.
Mon State has a bit of wonderful golden temples, pagodas, historical sites, colonial buildings and scenic coastline. Travelling in this region is easy and accessible by car and train from Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw.
(Mon) Has a tropical climate.
Mon State , Andaman Sea, Bago Region Tanintharyi Region and Thailand.
(Mon) 12,296.6 sq km/ 4,747.7 sqmi
(Mon) 2.05 million (2014)
(Mon) Mon, Bamar, Anglo-Burmese, Chin, Kachin, Kayin, Rakhine, Shan, Burmese-Thai
(Mon) Mon, Kayin, Bamar
(Mon) Buddhism, Christianity