Photo: Muangmakan beach, near Dawei.

Tanintharyi Region Cultural Museum

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Tanintharyi Region Cultural Museum is an apparently purpose-built little spot set amid the newer developments to the north of town.

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The interesting and worthy displays focus on the history, modern day livelihoods and culture of the region’s main ethnic groups, the Dawei, Mon and Moken.

Not much is known about the former – an early Sino-Burmese group – but they seem to have inhabited the area for some time, perhaps appearing around the same period as the Pyu civilization of central Burma. The Moken are more familiarly known as ‘sea gypsies’.

Both the Dawei and their Mon neighbours founded important trading towns along this section of coast and though not much remains today other than some brick mounds and wall foundations, the museum has plenty of maps and information on sights such as Tanintharyi ancient city further south near Myeik. The ground floor is largely given over to exhibitions of contemporary handicrafts and industries such as rubber, pearl farming, fishing, birds’ nests and so on as well as local flora, fauna and geology. The second floor displays historical and religious artefacts salvaged from the various local ruins plus tools and weapons going back as far as Stone Age times.

Most information is in comprehensible English as well as Burmese. It is small and won’t take you more than 30 minutes maximum to look around but entrance is free and staff seem eager to help out with explanations, as much as their language and historical knowledge permits.

This is certainly the spot for garnering information on the Dawei people which, with their very limited range of habitation, you won’t find anywhere else.


How to get there
Reach the museum by either following the river road north out of the town centre, or turning left off the Maungmakan road just after the large new hospital and before the bridge.

Tanintharyi Region Cultural Museum
River road, north of Dawei
Tues-Sun, 09:30-16:30
Admission: Free

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