Mawlamyaing was the first capital of British Burma Empire between 1826 and 1852 before Yangon became capital of British Burma Empire.  It is well known through the opening lines of Rudyard Kipling's poem Road to Mandalay:

"By the old Moulmein pagoda

Lookin' lazy at the sea

There's a Burma girl a-settin'

and I know she thinks o' me".

During colonial times, Mawlamyaing had quite a big Anglo-Burmese population; an area of the city was known as 'Little England' due to the large Anglo-Burmese community, many of them worked in the rubber plantations business. Mawlamyaing is the main gateway to south-east & southern Myanmar, being a busy seaport and transport center, it provides a multicultural dimension despite a Buddhist Mon majority. The town does have a charm of its own with its rich history, buildings with colonial style architecture, World War II era wooden buses, and its close proximity to the Thanbyuzayat, the end of the line for the infamous Burma-Siam death railway where 100,000 people died in its construction during World War II under the Japanese occupation, Win Sein Taw Ya pagoda, the site of the largest reclining Buddha image in the world, making it a fascinating place to visit.

 

 

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