Moulmein PagodaPagoda of Moulmein
For some retired people on the back of a jersey, the ride from the market area to the crest where the pagoda is located was a little exciting! The views from above and from the pagoda. From Kyaikthanlan Pagoda you can see the whole of my father's hometown and at one point, looking down, you can find the old UK prison.
It is a well known place for the setting sun in Mawlamyaing, as well as the city' s pagoda. It is not only the setting of the sun, but also the wonderful landscape of Mawlamyaing and the surroundings, the pagoda festivities have a great deal of pleasure and are loved by the city' s population. Were you in the Kyaikthanlan pagoda?
From the old Moulmein Pagoda / magazine
Myanmars Marlamyine is the main municipality of Mon State and the 4th biggest municipality in the state with 350,000 people. It is better known abroad as'Moulmein', a delightful British Burmese village that was the first British Burmese capitol between 1826 and 1827. It was called "Little London" in the nineteenth century and was teeming with colonists and their conveniences that shaped the hustle and bustle and trade of the British Empire.
Being a moulmein or Mawlamyine, this town gives the demanding traveler the opportunity to gain a prudent insight into Myanmar both then and now by taking a stroll along Shwe Taung Street. Shwe Taung's colourful, low-rise homes were the original home of the many Indians who migrated to Moulmein and Burma as a whole when the land was taken up in British India.
Away from the well-trodden paths, much of the player's time can be lost, while the young player gawks and squeaks in the company of strange faces. On top of Shwe Taung Street you come to St. Patrick's Cathedral, which was constructed in 1829 by the de la Salle sisters.
Kyaikthanlan Paya is not far from St. Patricks, just a brief stroll just off the Upper Main Road - the source of Rudyard Kipling's Burma poem'Mandalay'. Ki-plenging was raised in India, but travelled briefly through Burma in 1889. Kyaikthanlan Paya, Kyapling falls in deep and irrevocable affection for a Myanmar woman at the bottom of the first stairs.
Back at the gin-soaked Pegu Club in Rangoon, Kipling took advantage of this meeting in his poetry as the storyteller, an Englishman in gray London, recalls his days in the Orient: There' s a Burmese woman, and I know she's thinking about me. In this sense, Kipling's portrayal of Burma and its peoples corresponded to the modern spirit of the age in Europe, in which the Far East was considered savage, sensuous and tempting.... and little else.
Myanmar tour operators are driving this image and using the city of Ki-pling as a lighthouse for luxury touring. You can find Quotations of Kirpling in every guidebook and'Kipling Bar's in most places. Yet many blame the "Bards of the Empire" for portraying the Mandalay woman only as something somewhat strange and pure pleasure for the young man.
These accusations come in excerpts from Kipling's Burma prose: "When I pass away, I will be Burma.... and I will always run around with a beautiful, almond-colored young woman, who should also be laughing and joking, as a young woman should. Moulmein and Myanmar's beauties, with which Kipling was in love, remain as sensuous and tempting as ever.
Scented with the scent of bats, the cracking stairs of the pagoda, adorned with magnificent and artistic decorations, can also be enjoyed talking to the crowd of sellers of babies who shine and giggle behind their tableware, not to mention that these kids miss an apprenticeship to take care of these stands.
At the top of the Kyaikthanlan patio, similar to the one at Ki-pling, you can see the hill that is on fire with a pagoda. From" a beautiful gold and vermillion beautyness to a tender gray rock that has just been finished", but one can also admire the less scenic Mawlamyine prison in the northern part, which still accommodates 300 people.
This 1908 building takes us to Little London's second most celebrated visitor, who shows a completely different image of British Burma. orge Orwell was raised in Kipling's tropical Eastern tales such as the Jungle Book and was influenced by the romance of Kipling's Burma.
But when Orwell reached Moulmein in 1926, the whole place was already in a state of demise and rifts developed at the same time. At Moulmein, Orwell was educated as an mate of the Imperial Police of India. In addition, his essay'A Hanging' plays between the'yellow pebbles and the gray walls' of Moulmein Prison and the brief story'Shooting an Elephant' also plays in the cityscape.
In Moulmein, in Lower Burma, I was detested by many poeple - the only times in my whole lifetime that I was important enough for that to be. For a traveler to Myanmar today, with a smile on his face and the Mingala bar! Orwell draws an image of Burma that is not indifferent and enchanting, but rather strained and antagonistical.
It seems he responds directly to Kipling's glorification of the "Burma Girl" in his own poetry "Romance": However, time goes on and Moulmein, Burma has become Mawlamyine, Myanmar. During a walk through the Shwe Taung quarter and along the Lower Main Roads, nobody spits betels on the visitor and along Strand Road there will be established breweries and restaurant on the bank of the riverbank, awaiting to welcome both locals and newcomers.
Although not down-to-earth, Myanmar's beershops are an ideal place to communicate with natives who, generally humble and with a smile, are often interested in practicing their language and making suggestions for places they are so proud of in their area. Myanmar has a tumultuous and powerful past, from the old Bagan and Pyay remains to the fight for freedom and democracies of General Aung San.
It' s a story that can be fully researched when you're in the countryside, but more often than 100 years ago you find the natives who want to talk today or better still in the future. Now that the land is reopening to the outside and prepared to unlock the full range of its young population, the trip to Myanmar is as thrilling today as it was in the past.
If you visit the city of Marlamyine, you can be as enthusiastic about the visit of the new garden as you are about the scenery of Kipling's Poet. The Burmese and Little London of Kennedy are a part of the city, but so are his passion for the present and his hopes for the oncoming years. And this is as pretty as the greatest of all the buildings in town.