Mawlamyine (formerly known as Moulmein – its colonial name), was once a major port and administrative centre of British Lower Burma, the fourth largest city of Myanmar with the population of about 240,000, situated at the bank of Thanlwin River.
The city was captured by the British in 1826 during the First Anglo-Burmese War and served as their first capital between 1826 and 1852.
Previously, Mawlamyine was the capital of Mon Kingdom and the name according to the legend deriving from Mot-Mua-Lum stands for “One Destroyed Eye”. In this legend, once a Mon King had three eyes, the third eye in the centre of his fore-head having the power to see what was happening in surrounding kingdoms. One of the neighboring countries gave his daughter in marriage to the three-eyed king and this queen eventually managed to destroy the powerful third eye.
One of its signature landmarks is Kyaik Than Lan Pagoda (on the hill) which was built in 875 AD and thought to be the site from where Rudyard Kipling wrote his famous poem, ‘The Road to Mandalay’.
But it’s not all about history and highlights: there are quite a number of exciting experiences to explore. The area around Mawlamyine has sufficient attractions to keep visitors please for many days.
Why not contact one of our travel consultants and to visit Mawlamyine to feel bygone days of Myanmar?