A return to Mon

We returned to Mon State and spent a few days exploring the magical region. Mawlemyine was as beautiful as I remember it, sitting on the banks of the Gyaing river and turning red-gold as the sun set to the cries of a million seagulls on the Strand.

We met my colleagues, running a project in Mon to raise awareness of rule of law issues and systems and to increase cooperation between state and civil society, who took us on a tour of local landmarks. We were taken to the world’s biggest reclining Buddha at Win Sein Taw Ya, the breathless and peaceful Hindu temple on the rock standing next to Kyain Ta Loan near Mudon, the ancient gong given by the last Queen of Mon, Shin Saw Pu, in Kyaikmaraw, and to Gaung Se Kyun island via a rickety boat ride, a site of Buddhist meditation.

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