Staircase Great Pagoda, Maulmain
Photographer: Watts and Skeen
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the Curzon Collection, the view looking down a staircase leading up to the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, the tallest and most conspicuous religious monument in Moulmein (Mawlamyaing). The pagoda stands on a ridge of hills running north-south in the east of the town and is one of five monasteries and shrines built there. It is a stupa or zedi 40 m tall, and stands on a platform reached via flights of stairs ascending the hillside. In the distance can be seen a view of the town, with the Salween (Thanlwin) River and small islands visible beyond.