Mawlamyine ("Moulmein"), a picturesque old colonial town on the Salaween River, was once an important teak port on the south coast of Myanmar. Moulmein. Prison, with the Salween River, the Martaban Hills in the distant future.

Photo of Moulmein (Mawlamyaing), taken by J. Jackson around 1868, part of an albums with 43 pictures of Burma (Myanmar) from the Sladen Collection. The Moulmein is located at the Salween (Thanlwin) estuary, where it joins the Gulf of Mottama (Martaban) and the junction of four smaller coastal streams in southeast Burma.

It is the Mon state capitol and the 4th biggest city in Burma. It is located in a wonderful landscape with tropic flora, low ridges and calcareous rocks that rise from the nearby plain. Its development as a city of colonialism and a sea port began in the nineteenth c. Between 1827 and 1852 it was the administration capitol of British Burma and became a center for the exporting of tea and traveler' s goods.

It is a look at the prison from a hill in the eastern part of Moulmein, with the city' s buildings behind and the Salween River and the Martaban Hills in the background.

Moulmein seen from the Great Pagoda.

Photo of Moulmein (Mawlamyaing) taken in Burma (Myanmar) in the 1870s by Bourne and Shepherd, part of the Gladstone Collection. Moulmein, the capital of the Mon state, is located on the southeast Burmese coastline at the estuary of the Thanlwin (Salween), where it joins the Gulf of Martaban (Mottama).

Between 1827 and 1852 it evolved as a settlement city when it was the administration capitol of British Burma. The Kyaikthanlan Pagoda (mentioned in Rudyard Kipling's verse "Mandalay") is a series of temples and convents erected on a hill crest that runs from northern to southern direction in eastern Moulmein, overlooking the city and the rivers.

The prison building with the Thanlwin in the background can be seen in this picture.

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Mawlamyine ( "Moulmein"), a quaint old settlement on the Salaween River, was once an important Teak harbour on the south Myanmar coastline. Among the sights in this area are Kipling's Kyaikthanlanlan pagoda and the Mon Cultural Museum. Continuing along the coastline you can setse beach; Kyaikhami (Amherst) - a bathing village with its Yele pagoda overlooking the ocean and Thanbyuzayat, where the graveyard for the allies of World War II POWs who perished during the construction of the notorious " death railway " is sited.

It' re certainly rewarding as you are probably the only tourist there and can discover this interesting little city on your own! Ngwe Moe is a relatively new 2002 Ngwe Moe Resort located on the Thanlwin River bank.

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