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
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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.