An overview of Mawlamyine
Mawlamyine was the first capital of the British Burma almost 200 years ago and remains an important port city to this day. Located in the southern Mon State on the Andaman Sea, Mawlamyine offers several important cultural heritage attractions, including the Kyaik Tan Lan Pagoda, Uzin Paya, and the nearby Win Sein reclining Buddha, which is the largest of its kind in the world. However, Mahamuni Pagoda is widely considered to be the finest and most important religious site in the region. Examples of colonial buildings can also be seen at various sites throughout the city, although many are now in a relatively dilapidated state.
Although Mawlamyine is not as conventional a destination as say Mandalay or Yangon, it is still considered a worthwhile destination for tourists that have sufficient time to travel south in Myanmar. It is also quite unique in that it is a highly diverse and multicultural city by Burmese standards and thus, an eclectic range of cuisines and religious sites affiliated with the different ethnic groups that reside there can be found. A visit to one of the local markets (especially either the Central Market or the New Market) is a pleasant activity to engage in, and tourists will be afforded the opportunity to try exotic, topical fruits including durians.