Old Capital of MyanmarMyanmar's old capital
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Mandalay, an old capital of Myanmar, provides an inside look into the country's vast past. There are three other antique capital cities nearby and a whole range of attractions in between. It is an action-packed days that takes you back into the story of the old Myanmar Magi and the seats they sat on.
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An old cold-blooded capital before the end of an age
Kyaik Than Lan is a 360 degree panoramic view of Mawlamyine and is still a major tourist area. MAWLAMYINE, Myanmar On the steps of the great buddhistic sanctuary of Moulmein, the author Rudyard Kipling was invited to write one of the most anthologised poetry in the world.
Today, 128 years after Kipling's fall in love, the Kyaik Than Lan is still a major tourist and pilgrimage destination. His rising, gold-plated Stupa shimmers on a mountain crest with a view of a town full of green and water areas that has preserved connections to Britain's settlement history recorded by Kipling. 2. Myanmar ladies he noted can also be seen there, some carrying the classic Asian long rejected Sarong, others chat on smart phones while circumnavigating the Stupa in a real buddhistic way.
Mawlamyine ( "as Moulmein is now formally written) is still far from the mainstream of the word, partly because of its geographical location, despite the intrusion of advanced technologies and being the 4th biggest town in Myanmar. It is a long, 300 km long trip from Myanmar's main gate to Yangon, the other possibilities are a shaky rail trip or occasional fly.
During their everyday laps Buddha sisters go to the main square of the town of Mavlamyine, to gather charity from the people. St. Matthew's is one of several Orthodox cathedrals constructed in the nineteenth cent. The main markets of the city of Manlamyine offer everything from fishing to toy, with many goods being sneaked in from neighboring Thailand.
There are still few visitors in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, following the end of the 2011 junta government and the election win of pro-democracy leaders Aung San Suu Kyi last year. Recently, our celebration took the most beautiful trip to Mawlamyine: by road from Yangon to Hpa-An, the comfortable capital of the Karen state of Myanmar, and from there by rented ferry across the Salween, one of the longest still freely flowing streams in the game.
The Salween reinforces the charms of the town before it flows into the ocean, passing the Strand Road, where family can watch the sun set over the wide canyon. It was not always a side effect. Between 1826 and 1852, after the first Anglo-Burmese conflict, the British made it their capital and built administrative bureaus, church and a huge jail.
Much of these relicts of the British Raj have been preserved, as have religious sites, Hindus and even a piece of Americaa, which reflects the great variety of Mawlamyine. In 1827, one of the first US missionsaries in a different land, the mythical Adoniram Judson, constructed the city's first Baptist church, wrote an English-Burmese lexicon and translated the Bible into Burmese during his almost 40 years in the state.
In the vicinity is the 1887 built English St. Matthew's Cathedral, which is still in use today, although, like many of the historical building of the town, it is in a state of pictorial deterioration. Vegation sprouting from the peeled bricks wall and the bell is constantly turned at 6:54 p.m. The last fishermen' s vessels of the morning sail on the Salween River, which runs through the town of Madlamyine to the Gulf of Martaban.
Once an important commercial harbour, it was a meeting point for Thailand traffickers. Lefth: One of the magnificent woodcarvings decorating the Majlamyine residence of Queen Sein Don, one of 45 wives of Mindon, the penultimate King of Myanmar. The First Baptist Church was founded in 1827 by one of the first US missionsaries.
In view of the countless buddhistic monasteries of Mawlamyine, one can fall into the tiredness of the pagodas. Some of Myanmar's finest woodcarvings ordered by His Don of Myanmar, one of the 45 wives of the second to last Myanmar crown, are in the small cloister. After Mandalay was confiscated by the British in 1885, the Empress came here and brought her artisans from the capital.
Whilst the Buddha shrine of Mawlamyine will remain intact, the town' s cultural legacy, together with its uniqueness, is under threat. However, a ray of light comes from Yangon, where the Yangon Trust is leading a generally acclaimed initiative to rescue the city's great monumental architectural colonies from bulldozers and dilapidation.