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Mawlamyine (also spelled Mawlamyaing; Burmese: MLCTS: mau la. mruing mrui.; pronounced: [mɔ̀ləmjàiɴ mjo̰]; Mon: pronounced [mòt məlɜ̀m]; formerly Moulmein) is the fourth largest city of Burma (Myanmar),[1] 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,([mòt məlɜ̀m]), means “damaged eye. A Mon king was said to have lost his powerful eye in Mawlamyine.[citation needed] The Burmese name “Mawlamyine” is believed to be a corruption of the Mon name. 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 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.

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