portal leading to the Monastery
The Monastery is situated
Pa-Auk village. The nearest city is Mawlamyine, capital of the Mon
State in southern Myanmar. Mawlamyine is 310 kilometres southeast of
Yangon. About 15 kilometres down the Mawlamyine-Mudon road is a large
sign that says "Pa-Auk Tawya", where one turns left onto the tree-lined
road that leads to the Monastery. One passes through some of the
women's section, and arrives first at the Lower Monastery. (For the
location of Malamyine (Moulmein) relative to Yangon, please refer to Map).
Several modes of public transport from Yangon are available:
- bus/coach :
night/day buses depart daily. There are buses with reclining seats,
air-conditioning, videos playing Burmese movies and loud music. The
journey takes about 10-14 hours, with a number of stops along the way.
Yogi alights at Zay Jyo bus station on the outskirts of Mawlamyine, and
then take a taxi, or pick-up bus to the Monastery.
- train : a night/day
train departs daily to Mote-tama, the town on the other side of the
local river. Yogi may take the ferry across to Mawlamyine, and then
take a taxi or pick-up bus to the Monastery.( Please note that food may
not be available on board the train ).
- aeroplane : an
aeroplane may depart every Wednesday, depending on availability, for
Mawlamyine military airport. Yogi may take a taxi from there to the
It is best to buy the transport ticket in advance. Please refer to Contacts
for details on volunteers in Yangon who may provide assistance in
making transport arrangements to travel to the Monastery.