Buddhism first came to Myanmar and the Mon province soon after the passing of the Buddha. The school of Theravada Buddhism, one of the oldest teachings and traditions, is literally translated as “the teaching of the Elders” and is considered to be closest to Buddha’s original teachings. Within Mon State, which resides along the upper part of the coastal strip of Southern Myanmar, lies the Golden Land, reputed to be the fabled kingdom of Suvannabhumi. Here are nine sacred pagodas that were built shortly after the passing of the Buddha, 2500 years ago. They are said to enshrine sacred hair relics from the Buddha himself, given to six devoted hermits upon a visit by the Buddha to the region, as an offering to continue his teachings and the Dharma. The people of the neighboring villages share in the timeless values and teachings of Buddhism and continue to live in the ancient ways of their ancestors.