Mawlamyine PagodaPagoda Mawlamyine
The Kyaikthanlan Phayar (Pagoda) is the highest building in Mawlamyine and is 150 ft high on the crest with views of the citycenter. The top of the pagoda area offers an outstanding 360-degree panorama of the entire cityscape. This viewpoint overlooks the Great Britain jail at Mawlamyine as you look west towards the Thanlwin and Mottoma Gulf.
On the eastern side you will see the Dai Wun Kwin district and the Mawlamyine railway and coach stop in the Myay Ni Gone district. The Kyaikthanlan Pagoda was constructed in 875 AD and contains the handwritings of Tripitaka Buddhism and a Buddha's reliquary of humanity. Circumferential at the basis is 450 ft and is encircled by 34 smaller cediyan-pagoda.
The Mandalay Station of Mawlamyine is situated just northern of the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, so this may have been his inspirational point for the poetry "Mandalay". At the old Moulmein pagoda looking lazily at the ocean, there's a Burmese woman, and I know she thinks of me, because the winds are in the palms, and the church bell says: "Come back, you English army man, come back to Mandalay!"
There are two different ways to get to the pagoda onfoot. From Breeze Rest House on Strand Road, go north to the first road on the right, Kyaikthanlan St. Unfortunately there are no signposts, but the symbol is the movie theatre on the edge of the road.
Here turn right and walk about 1.5 km eastwards to Baho St. (signposted). Walk along Kyaikthanlan Road and across Upper Main Rd. There is a staircase at the end of Kyaikthanlan Road leading up to the pagoda.
Alternatively, the Maharmyatmuni Phayar Street opposite Sikh Theatre. From here to the parking lot of the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda. Here you can take an elevator to the temples, from where you have a wonderful view of the beautiful view of the village of Mawlamyine. If you go around the sanctuary, go CW.
Don't forgetting to take off your boots or clogs when you are in the area.