Capital of Tanintharyi Division is
the southern most administrative
region in the country. Adjacent to
Mon State to the north and Thailand
to the east. Tanintharyi Division
occupies a long narrow coastal plain
bounded by the Andaman Sea in the
east, which runs to Kawthaung, the
most southerly point of Myanmar and
which then continues to the Malaya
Peninsula. The coast is dotted with
islands including the Heinze group,
the Maung-Magan group and the Mergui
or Mergui Archipelago, which
comprises more than 800 beautiful
and attractive islands. A port of
medium importance and tropical
seaside town, 384 miles south of
Yangon. The Maungmagan beach is now
being developed and upgraded is just
8 miles northwest and is famous for
delicious seafood. Native speak
Myanmar language but with a strong
dialect, which is similar to Mergui.
The most venerated pagodas are the
Shin Motehti Pagoda, a few miles
south of the town, Shin Datweh
Pagoda in the north and Shin Maw
Pagoda on the Dawei promontory. A
243-foot long reclining Buddha image
occupies the Lawka Tharaphu Pagoda.
In the 18th Century a group of Dawei
people known as Inthas or Sons of
the Lake, migrated to Inle to avoid
the continual conflicts between the
Myanmar and Thais. Thus the Inthas
were appear in Inle Lake in the
southern Shan State.
Dawei distric is situated between
13' 16' N & 15' 6' N; 97' 46' & 49'
12' E. with an area of 5308 sq.miles.
There are (i)Thayet Chaung (ii)
Yephyu (Yebyu) (iii) Longlon and
(iv) Dawei Townships. Dawei area is
a flat valley of Dawei river
surrounded by tenesserim hill with
evergreen monsoon forest.
Dawei was first established as
Thargaya town some 1256 years ago.
Thargaya old city is still visible
at about 7 miles to the north west
of now Dawei. The records show that
there are second thagaya and Third
Thagaya by different King.
few hundred years later Tharyarwaddy
town was built at the plane which
become Dawei now. But the name
slowly become Dawei as the residents
are Dawei tribe.
According to the record and aerial
photos for the Archeology
Department. The four city plots are
visible. There records show that
Dawei was built at the early Bagan
At its last position. The city of
Dawei propered for 250 years until