THREE DAYS was enough to captivate British poet and writer, Rudyard Kipling, who was supposedly so transfixed by the beauty of lady at the steps of “the old Moulmein pagoda”, he remembered little of the magnificent temple.
The temple had already stood a thousand years by then, and various Mon kings had built the city into a wealthy trading port. Britain captured it for its first capital, before moving on to Yangon and Mandalay.
Kyaikthanlan Pagoda is outstanding, but just one part of this pleasant, easy-going riverside city.