Maha Bandula Park

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Maha Bandula Park
မဟာဗန္ဓုလ ပန်းခြံ
Myanmar-Yangon-Independence Monument in Mahabandoola park.jpg
The Independence Monument in Maha Bandula Park
Type Urban park
Location Yangon
Coordinates 16°46′22.88″N 96°09′34.27″E / 16.7730222°N 96.1595194°E / 16.7730222; 96.1595194Coordinates: 16°46′22.88″N 96°09′34.27″E / 16.7730222°N 96.1595194°E / 16.7730222; 96.1595194
Status Open all year

The Maha Bandula Park or Maha Bandula Garden (Burmese: မဟာဗန္ဓုလ ပန်းခြံ, pronounced: [məhà bàɴdṵla̰ páɴdʑàɴ], also spelt Mahabandula or Mahabandoola) is a public park, located in downtown Yangon, Burma. The park is bounded by Maha Bandula Garden Street in the east, Sule Pagoda Road in the west, Konthe Road in the south and Maha Bandula Road in the north, and is surrounded by some of the important buildings in the area such as the Sule Pagoda, the Yangon City Hall and the High Court.[1]

A view of Fytche Square circa 1895, facing toward Sule Pagoda.

The park is named after General Maha Bandula who fought against the British in the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824–1826), and includes the Independence Monument, an obelisk in commemoration of Burmese independence from the British in 1948. The park was formerly named Fytche Square in honour of the then Chief Commissioner of British Burma, Albert Fytche.[2]

The park is popular with t'ai chi practitioners in the morning and in the evening.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Let's Go Southeast Asia. Macmillan. 2005. ISBN 9780312335670. 
  2. ^ Thant Myint-U (2 December 2011). "Forgotten treasures". Financial Times. Retrieved 6 October 2013.