Where is Mawlamyine Located?
In southwestern Myanmar lies the country’s fourth largest city, Mawlamyaing, once better known as Moulmein. Known? Yes, especially writers, because it was not only Kipling who mentioned the city in his poem Mandalay (“by the old Moulmein pagoda lookin’ lazy at the sea…”). George Orwell even wrote an autobiographically influenced short story “Shooting an Elephant”, which is about a police officer in Moulmein at the time and explains his later dislike of totalitarian regimes in its basic features.
What Country is Mawlamyine in?
But today, mawlamyaing, nestling in rolling hills and the river delta of the Attayan and Gyaing rivers in the Saluen River, is a picturesque town where tourism is only very leisurely. Old colonial buildings, colourful markets and beautiful pagodas make Mawlamyaing a real gem in Myanmar. And as the Burmese saying goes: “Mandalay for talking, Rangoon for bragging and Mawlamyaing for eating”.
Life on the river is leisurely and relaxed – and you may well hear the Muslim call to prayer as the church bells ring and a number of Buddhist monks walk down the street in front of you. Peaceful, common and friendly, these are the inhabitants of Mawlamyaing, who are said to be among the nicest Burmese in Myanmar.