Bilu Island (Burmese: ဘီလူးကျွန်း; Mon: တေကာ့ခမိုင်း; Bilu Kyun, lit. "ogre island") is a Deltaic island of Salween(Thanlwin) River in Chaungzon Township, Mon State, located west of Mawlamyine.[1] The island is roughly the size of Singapore, and inhabited by 200,000 people.[1][2]

Bilu Island
ဘီလူးကျွန်း
View of Bilu Island from Mawlamyaing
View of Bilu Island from Mawlamyaing
Nickname: 
Takoa Khamaing
Bilu Island is located in Myanmar
Bilu Island
Bilu Island
Location of Bilu Island
Coordinates: 16°22′10″N 97°31′04″E / 16.369383°N 97.517714°E / 16.369383; 97.517714
CountryMyanmar
RegionMon State
DistrictMawlamyine District
TownshipChaungzon Township
Time zoneUTC+6:30 (Myanmar Standard Time)

On 8 February 2015, the Mon State government began a construction project to build a 1,586 metres (5,203 ft) bridge, the Bogyoke Aung San bridge, to connect Mawlamyine's Mupun jetty to Bilu Island's Ka-nyaw village, the first to be constructed.[3][4] The project, which is estimated to cost US$60 million, will be constructed by a Japan-Burma joint venture.[4] Bilu Island is not connected to the national electricity grid.[4] The people in this island depend on some interesting home industries such as black boards for schools, rubber bands, cane products, wooden pipes, pencils, pens and tobacco.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Introducing Bilu Kyun". Lonely Planet. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  2. ^ Danmark, Maria (25 March 2013). "Bilu Kyun Island in Mon State: a transport time warp". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  3. ^ "ဘီလူးကျွန်း-သံလွင်တံတား ပန္နက်ရိုက်အခမ်းအနားပြုလုပ်". လွတ်လပ်သော မွန်သတင်းအေဂျင်စီ (in Burmese). 9 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Naw Say Phaw Waa (16 February 2015). "Ministers break ground on new Mawlamyine bridge". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 17 February 2015.