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Destinations

Mon State

Mawlamyine

Mawlamyine is the capital of Mon state with a charm of its own with its rich history, buildings with colonial style architecture, and World War II era wooden buses. The town’s landmark KyaikThanLan pagoda was built in 875 A.D. KyaikKaMi was a small coastal resort and well-known for KyaikKaMiYele Pagoda, a metal-roofed Buddha shrine complex perched over the sea. Kyaik Ma Yaw Pagoda, a temple of serene, white-faced Buddha was built by Queen Shin Saw Pu in 1455.

Thaton

Thaton was also known as Suvannabhumi. It bears rich significant in Myanmar’s history as it is one of the places where Theravada buddhism was established and took root some 2500 years ago. Other interested places in Mawlamyine include BiluKyun, Setse beach, Sein Yin Hmyaw Pagoda that is very popular Buddha temple and Win SeinTawya.

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda also known as Golden Rock is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Burma. It is a small pagoda (7.3 meters (24 ft)) built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by its male devotees.
According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha’s hair. The balancing rock seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo. Another legend states that a Buddhist priest impressed the celestial king with his asceticism and the celestial king used his supernatural powers to carry the rock to its current place, specifically choosing the rock as the resemblance to the monks head. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Pagoda.
Currently, women are not allowed into the inner sanctuary of the rocks vicinity, maintained by an employed security guard who watches over the gated entrance. Women are permitted in the outer balcony and the lower courtyard of the rock.

Kyaik ka mi

Kyaik ka mi is a resort town in the Mon State of south-east Myanmar.
During the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom (an ancient kingdom in Thailand), the town was probably a vassal state of Ayutthaya and it was known in Thai as Chiang Kranor Chiang Tra. It was renamed Amherst after William Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst, then governor-general of India who successfully seized the town during the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824–1826).
The town is situated on a peninsula about 48 km (30 mi) south of the town of Mawlamyine. It is a popular destination for local pilgrims and some tourists. The town has a pagoda (KyaikkamiYele Pagoda or Kyaik-kami Ye Le Paya) just constructed on the sea using the natural foundation of its ocean reefs, which is connected with the corridor to the beach and always attracts the people for the festival of donations over the sea tides.
It got a record rainfall of 75 mm (2.95″) on 14 Jan 2012. It was the highest amount of rainfall within 24 hours of January in the last 30 years.

Win Sein Taw Ya

Win Sein Taw Ya is the largest reclining Buddha in the world and at 30 meters high and 180 meters in length can be seen for miles. Located opposite of the Buddhist shrine of KyauktalonTaung, the reclining Buddha is filled with rooms that showcase dioramas of the teachings of Buddha and a shrine. When visiting the giant Buddha it should be remembered that despite the odd novelty of walking into a giant head, it is still a place of worship, and shoes should be removed before entering the shrine. After almost 15 years of construction, the reclining Buddha is still not complete. In 2012, construction started on a second reclining Buddha opposite the original, with the aim of being built to stand the test of time. The poor concrete construction of the first has left the original with an uncertain future.

Kyaik Paw Law Pagoda

Kyaik Paw Law Pagoda is located in Kyaikhto township of Mon state. This pagoda is well-known because of the living mole on the face of the Buddha image. The eyes of the image are alive. The image was trying to move by elephants, horses, and men but was not able to move. The image is said to be floating on water. No matter how many times, the mole on the Buddha’s face is offered with gold foil, it never fades away. The image is always facing to the region where Sri Lanka exists.

Kyaik Than Lan Pagoda

KyaikThanLan 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. In the years that followed, successive kings raised the pagoda higher and higher until it reached a height of 46m from its original height of 17m. The base of the pagoda at present is 137m in circumference and right around it there are 34 small pagodas called Zediyan. The platform has two big bells dating back to 1885.

Shwe Sar Yan Pagoda

The ShweSar Yan Pagoda is said to have been built in the 5th century B.C enshrining four tooth-relics of the Buddha. It has been built over and has now assumed a modern shape with a circular base and a bell-shaped super structure. The lower base is 104 sq-ft and 18 ft high while the upper terraces are proportionately diminished in size. The third storey and the conical superstructure have been rebuilt and the whole building was renovated from time to time.

Kyaik Ma Yaw Pagoda

It is located in 24 km southeast of Mawlamyine. The famous of the town is Kyaikmayaw Pagoda. The main Buddha image sits in the position of the legs hanging down as if sitting on the chair. The name Kyaikmayaw stands for Distinctive Image where the sitting position of the Buddha Image differs from others. Kyaikmayaw pagoda was built by the Queen Shin Saw Pu in 1455 in the late Mon regional style. Queen Shin Saw Pu was a well-known Queen who devoted and donated gold to the Shwedagon Pagoda. The pagoda festival is usually held annually during the transition of Myanmar New Year in April.

RAMANYA RESORT

 

Ramanya Resort is near Saung-naing-gyi village, Kadaidut village group, Kyeikhto township, Mon State, operated by Shwe Zanaka Company Limited. It is located 13miles away from Kyeikhto town and 9miles away from Kyeikhto to Kin-moon Resort, 4miles away from Kin-moon Resort to Ramanya Resort. It can take about 30minutes drive from Kyeikhto.

The resort is open daily from 6:00(am) to 6:00(pm). The entrance fee is 500kyats.

There are restaurants inside this resort so that visitors who visit there can relax and taste the foods and also cold drinks. There is a plan to build Bangalores where visitors can stay. Shwe Zanaka Company Limited is also planning to build Nursery and Bamboo museum where can study various kinds of bamboos growing in Myanmar.

 

 

 

KYAIKKHAMI YELE PAYA

The village of Kyaikkhami is 15 miles (24km) from the town of Thanbyuzayat and is famous for the pagoda of the same name which is located on a reef about 900 feet (274m) from the sea shore and thus usually called Ye Lel Paya, “pagoda amidst water”.The locals usually call as “Kyaikkhami Ye Lel Paya”.The pain image faces the sea towards the south. A notable fact is that although the pagoda is located at some distance from the shore, its basement is not engulfed even during the highest tide. And for another, women are only allowed to worship from a pavilion removed from the pagoda while men may do so from the hall facing the main image. There is an annual festival about this pagoda. No Entry Fee and opens daily from 7:00 am  to 20:00pm.

 

 

Thanbyuzayat Death Railway Museum

Thanbyuzayat is 60 kilometers south of Mawlamyine on the way to Setse and Kyaikkami.Thanbyuzayat was the end of the line for the infamous Burma-Siam railway linking Thailand with Myanmar during the Japanese occupation in World War II. It was known as the Death Railway due to the many prisoners of war who died constructing the 415 km long line for the Japanese Imperial Army. The line started from Nong Pladuk in Thailand, over the Mae Klong river (which was later renamed River Kwai in 1960) 5 km north of Kanchanaburi, through Payathounzu (Three Pagoda Pass) on the Thailand-Myanmar border and then headed northwest to Thanbyuzayat over rough and rugged terrain. Only 112 km of line ran within the boundaries of Burma.An estimated 100,000 people died constructing the railway, including Australian, Dutch, American and British prisoners of war, as well as labourers from Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia. A Death Railway Museum has been established about a kilometre from Thanbyuzayat’s main town center. The museum contains amongst other things, a piece of track from the original death railway line that was found by the former Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, Mr Trevor Wilson. Unfortunately, the main building of the museum is often locked and entry into the building will require prior permission from the Thanbyuzayat’s town administrator. In the grounds of the museum, however, a memorial has been established complete with train track, a plaque and one of the original locomotives donated by the Japanese authorities from a museum in Yokohama.

 

 

 

Setse Beach

Setse beach is located at Setse village, Thanphyuzayat township, Mon State. It is 51miles far from Mawlamying and 40miles far from Mawlamyaing to Thanphyuzayat, 11miles far from Thanphyuzayat to Setse Beach. It takes about 2hours drive from Mawlamyaing.

In the early, the beach which lies on the west of Setse village where fishermen work was called Setse Kween. Later, the name, Setse Kween had changed into Setse Beach and then it is gradually popular because of visiting and relaxing by local people.

The beach is 2miles long and usually crowded with visitors all around the year but especially from Thi-din-gyut up to Ka-son. There are a lot of restaurants and bangalores which are usually full with visitors. Tourists and locals can visit and stay at “21 Paradise Hotel.

 

FAMOUS PAGODAS

The State where Theravada Buddhism was established and took root in Mon State.

KYAIKHTIYO PAGODA

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, known as Golden Rock was built in 574 B.C according to the legend. It lies 229 km far from Yangon and built on a huge boulder which stands on the extreme edge of the cliff, 1095m above sea level. The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaikhtiyo. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Myanmar after the Shwedagon Pagoda and Mahamuni Pagoda.

KYAIK PAW LAW PAGODA

Kyaik Paw Law Pagoda is located in Kyaikhto township of Mon state. This pagoda is well-known because of the living mole on the face of the Buddha image. The eyes of the image are alive. The image was trying to move by elephants, horses, and men but was not able to move. The image is said to be floating on water. No matter how many times, the mole on the Buddha’s face is offered with gold foil, it never fades away. The image is always facing to the region where Sri Lanka exists.

KYAIK THAN LAN

KyaikThan 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. In the years that followed, successive kings raised the pagoda higher and higher until it reached a height of 46m from its original height of 17m. The base of the pagoda at present is 137m in circumference and right around it there are 34 small pagodas called Zediyan. The platform has two big bells dating back to 1885.

 

 

(400)  cubits  long  World’s  Largest  Zena Thukha Aung  Chan Thar  Reclining  Buddha Image

It is situated at Kyauk Ta Lone Village , Mudon Township in Mon State. It is (12) miles far away from Mawlamyine and takes about 30 minutes for driving. It is also situated on the lefthand side of Mawlamyine- Mudon Road and carving statue of two Paddy Birds at the entrance arch can be seen.

The  Venerable Abhidaza Agga Maha Thadhamma Zawtika Doctor Bandanta Kaythaya (Hon.Ph.D) built a small model of (400) cubits long World’s Largest Reclining Buddha Image and placed foundation with their own workforce of monks and people on the (200) feet Hill at January 29, 1992 when he first started Win Sein Taw Ya Missionary Centre. At the same time, he built more about (600)  pagodas and (30) monastic buildings.

It is colossal ferroconcrete hollow structure image. Inside its body, (22) feet around scenic pictures depicting Buddha’s life and (200) chambers depicting  (550) stereoscopic classical stories. And there are eight stories from the lowermost part of the body to the shoulder  and has (170) feet high.

Reclining Buddha Image means representing to feel eyewitness and pay worship the grace shape of the reclining  body in the life- time of the Buddha . Its name is Zena Thukha Aung Chan Thar.

With the World’s Largest Recling Buddha Image, the statue of Shin Uppa Gotta monk, Yan Pyay Man Pyay Pagoda, Aung Lin Pagoda, Dathsaykan Kyang, Latkhattaung Missionary Centre, Thiho (Sri Lanka )Centre, (500) Yathantar Statues, Mashi Mashoke Phaya Pagoda, Depinkara Standing Buddha Image, Phue Pwint Ngone Pagoda, Ami Apha Gone Pagoda, Aung Su Pan Pagoda, (28) Pagodas and the holy place for the Venerable Abhidaza Agga Maha Thadhamma Zawtika Doctor Bandanta Kaythaya’s deadbody Monastery.

 

 

MON CULTURAL MUSEUM

Unlike most of Myanmar’s regional museums, Mawlamyine’s is actually worth a visit, even if the collection here isn’t huge. It’s dedicated to the Mon history of the region, and the exhibits with Mon inscriptions, 100-year-old wooden sculptures depicting old age and sickness (used as dhamma-teaching devices in monasteries), ceramics, silver betel boxes, royal funerary urns and Mon musical instruments, with most exhibits accompanied by English-language descriptions. Entry fee is K5000 and it opens at 10am-4.30pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

 

 

 

 

KYAUKTALON TANG

 

Kyauktalon Taung is a strangely shaped, sheer-sided crag rising out of the surrounding agricultural land and crowned with stupas. It’s a sticky 20-minute climb to the summit. On the opposite side of the road is a similar but smaller outcropping surmounted by a Hindu temple. Kyauktalon Taung is 40-odd minutes south of Mawlamyine, on the road to Thanbyuzayat.

 

 

 

 

 

GAUNG SAY KYUN

Beautiful little place to spend an hour waking around. Well shaded in the trees and different temples.Well worth the short boat ride and an hour or so wandering around an eclectic collection of new and old artifacts. Also worth mentioning is that the island is in the shadow of what we understand to be the longest bridge in Myanmar.