Kawthaung: last show of the season
The Roadies arrived on their final destination of the 1st Season. Program #20 is produced this week in and around Kawthaung.
Kawthaung is in the southernmost part of Myanmar, located in Tanintharyi Region. During British rule in Burma between 1824 and 1948, it was known as Victoria Point.
The majority of Kawthaung’s population is made up of Bamar, Thai and other ethnic minorities such as the Shan, Karen, and Mon. Some Thai Muslims, alongside the Salone Sea Gypsies and Malays can also be found in Kawthaung. Burmese Chinese and Burmese Indians, who migrated to Kawthaung during colonial rule for tin mining and other industries also inhabit Kawthaung. Peranakan or Straits Chinese, called Pashu by the Burmese, can also be found in Kawthaung.
The most common spoken language is Burmese, followed by Thai and Southern Thai.
Most of the Bamar, Thai, Shan, Karen, Mon, Burmese Chinese and some portions of the Salone adhere to Theravada Buddhism. The Malays and Thai Muslims practice Islam.
The main agriculture products are rubber, betel nut, cashew nut, coconut and oil palm. Mining and wood log industries which flourished in the past have now dried out. Although Kawthaung has a large port the fishing industry is not as large as in the past because of the government restriction on fishing vessels. Fishing still plays a significant role but engines are restricted to 28hp. Tourism is bound to play a larger role for the local economy in the future as Myanmar’s government is gradually lifting travel and immigration restrictions in the area. Since September 2013, tourists entering the country through Kawthaung are able to continue their journeys on land and exit through any other border crossing. An 8 megawatt coal-fired power plant was completed in 2012, amid local concerns on pollution issues.
Watch the last episode of DPDM this Saturday first on DVB TV at 17:30h and soon after online. After this last show, DVB will re-run the 20 episodes, so don’t worry if you missed some 🙂