7 attractions you should visit in Mon State - With photos & details

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Top 7 attractions to explore in Mon State

Mon State is blessed with several places of tourist interest. There are several pagodas, out of which the Win Sein Taw Ya Pagoda is a remarkable place where we can see the world's largest reclining Buddha statue.

Kan Gyi PagodaMudon, Myanmar (Burma)
Buddhist Temples

A beautiful Buddhist pagoda which was located in the hill west of the vast lake east of Mudon. There are so many interesting things in and around this temple and daily a lot of devotees visit this place. It was built to enshrine a Buddha's hair relic granted by Buddha as he and five hundred arahantas were going on sojourn this way on completion of eight vasas to a hermit named  Maung staying there.

Kyaiktiyo PagodaMyanmar (Burma)
Buddhist Temples

Also known as the Golden Rock Pagoda is located on top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo at 3615 feet (1102 meters) above sea level, in the Mon State. The Pagoda was built more than 2500 years ago.  Legend has it that the Pagoda was built on a Hair relic that was given to a hermit by Buddha Himself.   It can also be qualified as one of the wonders of the world by virtue of the fact that it sits uniquely at the apex of a huge, almost egg shaped granitic boulder.

Kyeik Tha Lan PagodaKyaik Tan Lan Pagoda,, မော်လမြိုင်, Myanmar (Burma)
Buddhist Temples

The Kyaik-thanlan pagoda was erected in 875 A.D. during the reign of King Mutpi Raja. A hair relic of the Buddha, Tripitaka manuscripts and gold images of the Buddha were enshrined in the pagoda. Successive kings raised the pagoda higher from 56 feet to the present 150 feet. There are 34 small pagodas called Zediyan surrounding the pagoda. It is now one of the key attractions in this area.

Mon Cultural MuseumNo.50, Corner of Baho Road and, ထားဝယ်တံတားလမ်း, Mawlamyine, Myanmar (Burma)
Museums

This is a two-story building dedicated to the Mon history of the region. The exhibits are displayed downstairs while reading rooms are upstairs. The modest collection of the museum includes scales with Mon inscriptions, hundred-year-old sculptures of wood, ceramics, thanaka grinding stones, silver betel boxes. In front of the museum, you can see a British cannon dated 1826 and a huge Myanmar gong. Most labels are in Myanmar on although some are in English.

Man-made Structures- Other
Monuments

Located at one end of the infamous Thai-Burma Railway, Thanbyuzayat Cemetery is the final resting place of those who died on the northern section of the railway, between Moulmein and Nieke in Myanmar. This war cemetery lies at the foot of the hills which separate the Union of Myanmar from Thailand. There are 3,005 Commonwealth and 621 Dutch burials of the Second World War in the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery. It has a lot of history to say

Thanlwin Bridge (Mawlamyine)Thanlwin Bridge (Mawlamyine), Myanmar (Burma)
Bridges

The longest bridge in Myanmar which connects the city of Mawlamyaing with Mottama constructed across the confluence point of the Thanlwin River, the Gyaing River and the Attayan River in Mon State. It is one of the architectural wonders in this area.

U Zina PagodaMawlamyine, Myanmar (Burma)
Buddhist Temples

A beautiful Buddhist pagoda located at the top of a hill at the heart of Bago.  it was named after the mythological Hintha bird, a symbol of the Mon people. It was also a popular viewpoint and there are so many paintings and carvings of the Hamsa that are visible throughout the temple.

Map of attractions in Mon State