Kyaik Than Lan Paya

Kyaik Than Lan Paya

The famous Kipling temple

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Kyaik Than Lan lays claim to the town’s largest stupa and of course this is the famous Kipling temple.
Travelfish says:

A short walk south from Mahamuni Paya, Kyaik Than Lan isn’t quite as large a complex as the former but does still have plenty of gold leaf.

It was here that Rudyard is supposed to have written his famous "Lookin’ lazy at the sea" line. His mind does seem to have been on other views too since he also wrote, "I should better remember what the pagoda was like should I not have fallen deeply and irrevocably in love with a Burmese girl at the foot of the first flight of steps...".

While the temple is impressive, the highlight is the tremendous view -- of landscapes that is -- with spectacular vistas to the west across the nearby islands, Salween Estuary and Gulf of Martaban, and to the east towards the limestone mountains of Hpa-An.

These shady viewpoints are popular hang outs for young local couples -- so you will see plenty of Mawlamyine beaus pretending to admire the view alongside the tripod-wielding tourists.

Transport information

Off Taung Yoe Dan Street, or reached by walking south from Mahamuni.

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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