Photos of Mawlamyine, Capital of Mon State, Myanmar

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Mawlamyine, Capital of Mon State

Mawlamyine (or Mawlamyaing) is the fourth largest city in Myanmar and the capital of Mon State. Formerly known by its English name Moulmein, it served as the capital of British Burma from 1827 to 1852 and was a major port for teak, situated at the mouth of the Thanlwin (Salween) River. It is 300 kilometres south east of Yangon and has a population of around half a million.

Thanlwin river
 
Sandawshin Paya
 
Strand Road
 
Along Thanlwin river
 
On the muddy bank
 
Kaladan Mosque
 
Kaladan minaret
 
Moghul Shiah Mosque
 
South Bogyoke Road
 
In the ''Zeigyo''
 
Selling vegetables
 
The central market
 
South Bogyoke Road
 
Soorti Sunni Jamai Mosque
 
Kyaikthanlan Paya
 
Gilded monastery roof
 
Repainting gilded shrine
 
Myanmar (Burma)
 
Monastery walkways
 
Walkways and stupas
 
Reclining Buddha
 
Buddha and ceiling
 
View from the shrine
 
Two gilded stupas
 
Stupas and a shrine
 
Gilded Buddha statues
 
Gilded stupa
 
Stupas above the city
 
Two novice monks
 
Two Buddhas
 
A ''chinthe''
 
U Zina Paya Buddha
 
Kyaikthan Road
 
Chinese Buddhist temple
 
Selling grilled chicken
 
Thanlwin river bridge
 

During the colonial times there was a large Anglo-Burmese community here, a result of relations between British and other Europeans and indigenous peoples of Burma, who mainly worked in the rubber plantations. Most have now left the country. There are also Muslim peoples, as is evident in the three mosques in the city; there is also a Chinese temple and a Baptist church.

But the most impressive sight is a complex of five separate monasteries on the hills in the city's east. These are built in typical Mon style with covered walkways between the various shrine buildings, a large reclining Buddha image in Kyaikthanlan Paya and many golden stupas and statues.