written by Khin Yadanar at 08-Sep-2019
Pa-Auk Forest Monastery (Mawlamyine) was founded in 1926, it is situated in a forest along the Taung Nyo Mountain range, near the village of Pa-Auk, 15 kiilometre southeast of Mawlamyine, Mon State, Myanmar. The Monastery provides a conducive setting for the long-term practice of meditation.The number of residents varies seasonally from approximately 1000 to 1800 (during festive periods). This includes more than 300 foreign monks, nuns and lay practioners, originating from over 20 countries.
This Monastery is the main centre at the core of the Pa-Auk Group comprising over 40 branches and associate centres. Of all the branches and associate centres, 29 are located within Myanmar, including Thanlyin, Pha-Ann, Mandalay, DaWei, KuMei and Pyin Oo Lwin (or Maymyo); the others are located internationally spread over Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, China, Taiwan, and USA.
TRANPORTATION ( How to get to there)
Mawlamyine is 301 kms (187 miles) southeast of Yangon, and the monastery is another 15 kms (9 miles) southeast of Mawlamyine. Air-conditioned buses to Mawlamyine /Mudon depart daily from the highway bus station in Yangon. Note: If you take the Mudon bus, ask the driver to let you off at “Pa-Auk Tawya” (the bus goes right past the main gate of the monastery on the way to Mudon). From this point to get to the monastery proper, you can either walk or hire a vehicle.