|• Ethnicities||Mons, Burmans, Chinese, Indians, Karens|
|• Religions||Theravada Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+6.30)|
Mawlamyine (also spelled Mawlamyaing; Burmese: မော်လမြိုင်မြို့; MLCTS: mau la. mruing mrui.; pronounced: [mɔ̀ləmjàiɴ mjo̰]; Mon: မတ်မလီု pronounced [mòt məlɜ̀m]; formerly Moulmein) is the fourth largest city of Burma (Myanmar), situated 300 km south east of Yangon and 70 km south of Thaton, at the mouth of Thanlwin (Salween) river. The city of 325,927 is the capital and largest city of Mon State, Myanmar and is the main trading center and seaport in southeastern Burma.
The Mon name for Mawlamyine, မတ်မလီု ([mòt məlɜ̀m]), means "damaged eye." A Mon king was said to have lost his powerful eye in Mawlamyine. The Burmese name "Mawlamyine" is believed to be a corruption of the Mon name.
Mawlamyine was the first capital of British Burma between 1826 and 1852 after the Tanintharyi (Tenassarim) coast, along with Arakan, was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Yandabo at the end of the First Anglo-Burmese War.
- "By the old Moulmein pagoda
- Lookin' lazy at the sea
- There's a Burma girl a-settin'
- and I know she thinks o' me".
- "In Moulmein, in Lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people—the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me."
During colonial times, Moulmein had a substantial Anglo-Burmese population; an area of the city was known as 'Little England' due to the large Anglo-Burmese community, many of them running rubber plantations; nowadays, this has dwindled to a handful of families as most have left for the UK or Australia.
Mawlamyine is in the Salween River delta, where the mouth of the Salween is sheltered by Bilugyun Island as it enters the Gulf of Martaban and the Andaman Sea. It is flanked by low hills dotted with ancient pagodas to the east and west.
Mawlamyine is the main gateway to south-eastern Myanmar. Thanlwin Bridge, the longest road and rail bridge in Myanmar is the most prominent landmark in the area. It stretches 11,000 feet over the Thanlwin river connecting the country's southeastern region with Yangon. The city is connected to Pa-an in Kayin State and Dawei and Myeik in Tanintharyi Division by road. It was the rail head to Ye, linked to Yangon by rail only from Mottama (Martaban) across the river by ferry, but today connected by the Thanlwin Bridge (Mawlamyine) opened in April 2006.
Mawlamyine is famous for its tropical fruits and for its cuisine as indicated in the popular Burmese expression, "Mandalay for the speaking, Yangon for the bragging, and Mawlamyine for the eating."
Mawlamyine has several sawmills and rice mills as teak and rice are transported down the Salween. It was once a busy shipbuilding center and remains an important port. The city has a solar-powered plant for extracting salt from seawater and a diesel electric plant.
On 27, May 2009, three bomb explosions in Mawlamyine were blamed on terrorists by the authorities; no casualties were reported.
Fruits of Mawlamyine and its vegetations
Mawlamyine is key to communications in Tanintharyi and, being a busy seaport and transport center, it provides a multicultural dimension despite a Buddhist Mon majority. Buddhist cultural dominance is as old as Mawlamyine, but the British annexation in the 19th century introduced Christianity. St Patrick's School, Mawlamyine (now BEHS-5, Mawlamyine) was opened by the De La Salle Brothers in 1860. Moreover, expansion of trade and commerce in the early 20th century established in Mawlamyine a Hindu culture of India (so-called Galakhar).
Today, the Mon State Cultural Museum is in the city.
Mawlamyine has 13 high schools and a university. University of Mawlamyine is the major university for the south-eastern region and offers bachelor's degrees in most arts and science majors. Students who wish to study medicine, engineering or computer science, or any advanced degree need to go to Yangon.
- University of Mawlamyine
- Thanlwin Bridge (Mawlamyine)
- Mawlamyine Airport
- Mon people
- Attaran Bridge (Mawlamyine)
- Sittoung Bridge (Bilin)
- (Taung Wine(near University of Mawlamyine))
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|Capital of British Tenasserim
24 February 1826 – 31 January 1862