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Tanintharyi's Surroundings

Tanintharyi Region

DAWEI ( Coastal region of Andaman Sea)

Dawei is the capital of Tanintharyi Region in the southern part of Myanmar. Dawei is a coastal reigion covering an area of over 4184 sq km. According to the history, it has been an important trading port။ Its features some interesting colonial architecture, with many old wooden, thatch-roofed bungalows and some brick and stucco mansions. Dawei is dotted with island and famous historical pagodas.
Under British rule Dawei was known as Tavoy. Dawei was first established as Thargaya town some 1200 years ago and the old city is still visible in the north west of present –day Dawei.
The most venerated pagodas are the Shin Motehti Pagoda, to the South of Dawei town, Shin Datweh pagoda to the north and Shin Maw Pagoda on the Dawei Promontory. The Lawkatharaph Pagoda features a 74 m long statue of the reclining Buddha.
One of the prominent places to visit in Dawei is Maungmagan Beach, a well –known beauty spot in the area. As Dawei is in the coastal region, the mainstay of the local economy is fisheries and marine industries.

Places of Interests in Dawei


  1. Shin Mokhti Pagoda
  2. Shwe Thar Lyaung Daw Mu Buddha Image
  3. Maung Ma Kan Beach

Shin Mokhti Pagoda

One of the revered pagodas, many local people pays homage here. This pagoda is believed to have been built over 600 years ago and is located a few kilometers south of Dawei.

ShweTharLyaungDaw Mu Buddha Image

ShweTharLyaungDaw Mu Buddha statue is situated at the edge of Dawei about 5 km from the central Strand Road market. It was completed in 1931 and 74m long and 21m high.

Maung Ma Kan Beach

Maung Ma Kan Beach is situated in a beautiful setting of hills rising up from the shoreline and 19 km from Dawei city. A half an hour walk down the beach will take you to a lovely fishing village with small boats nestled in its harbor.