Site Name: Kan Gyi
Area: Mudon, Mon State
Tucked away behind a pagoda is this huge lake. A dirt track winds its way around the outside, studded with pagodas here and there. The waters are calm and look clean – Mudon is free from the garbage problem that plagues Mawlamyine.
The locals say that they have never been able to measure just how deep the lake is, but that it is very deep!
This is a lovely spot for an early morning or afternoon stroll. There’s not much in the way of shade so best avoided in the hottest part of the day.
Mudon is only 30 minutes drive from Mawlamyine. You can hire a motorbike or car taxi to take you. You go past many military sites, so probably not a good idea to try to walk.
Women are not allowed to swim in the lake. The locals believe that something terrible will happen if they do.
This is a religious site and guests are expected to behave accordingly. This means covered shoulders, knees and cleavage, no shoes and overall behaving in a respectful manner. Note that you should never show the soles of your feet to a Buddha statue, should never touch someone on the head and should absolutely never touch a monk’s robes.