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Toungoo is located in Burma
Location in Burma
Coordinates: 18°56′N 96°26′E / 18.933°N 96.433°E / 18.933; 96.433
Country  Burma
Division Bago Region
 • Type District Peace and Development Council and Township Peace and Development Council
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 121,000 (est.)
 • Ethnicities Burman, Karen
 • Religions Theravada Buddhism, Christianity
Time zone MST (UTC+6:30)
Taungoo. Old postcard (Ahuja)

Taungoo (Burmese: တောင်ငူမြို့; MLCTS: taung ngu mrui., pronounced: [tàʊɴŋù mjo̰]; also spelled Toungoo) is a city in the Bago Region of Myanmar, 220 km from Yangon, towards the northeastern end of the division, with mountain ranges to the east and west. The main industry is in forestry products, with teak and other hardwoods extracted from the mountains. The city is known for its areca palms, to the extent that a Burmese proverb for unexpected good fortune is equated to a "betel lover winning a trip to Taungoo".

The city is famous in Burmese history for the Taungoo Dynasty which ruled the country for over 200 years between the 16th and 18th centuries.

Taungoo today is the best known as the home of Okkthar United FC, the football team in Myanmar. ေတာင္ငူၿမိဳ႕ ဟာ ၄ ေထာင့္ ပံုစံ က်ံဳးမ်ားျဖင့္ ဝန္းရံထားသည္။


Main article: Taungoo Dynasty

Taungoo was founded in 1280 in the waning days of Pagan as part of frontier expansion southwards. After the fall of Pagan Empire in 1287, Taungoo came under the rule of Myinsaing Kingdom and later Pinya Kingdom. In 1313, Uzana (later King Uzana of Pinya) was appointed governor of Taungoo.[2] In the late 14th century, Taungoo became a nominal part of the Ava Kingdom, but its rulers retained a large degree of autonomy, playing larger Ava and Hanthawaddy kingdoms against each other. In 1470, Ava put down another rebellion and made Sithu Kyawhtin, the general who defeated the rebellion, governor. Sithu Kyawhtin's grandson Mingyinyo became governor of Toungoo in 1486. Under Mingyinyo's leadership, the principality grew powerful. In October 1510, Mingyinyo formally broke away from Ava and founded the Taungoo Kingdom.[3]

Mingyinyo's successors Tabinshwehti and Bayinnaung went on to found the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia.[4] Taungoo's stint as capital was short-lived, however. Tabinshwehti moved the kingdom's capital to Pegu (Bago) in 1539. The city briefly again became capital of a rebellion in 1599 when viceroy Minye Thihathu of Taungoo declared himself king. In December 1599, Taungoo's forces in collaboration with the Arakanese armies aided by Portuguese mercenaries, sacked Pegu. The rebellious city state remained independent for another 10 years when Natshinnaung ascended the Taungoo throne in 1609. In the following year, King Anaukpetlun captured Taungoo and ended the city's long line of rulers.[5] Although few visible historic remains survive, all four sides of the brick city wall remain from the dynastic period, with the exception of the part of the southern wall. The 9.6 m wide moat has largely dried up, except for a section on the eastern side, which is still maintained.

By the mid-19th century, Taungoo was governed by a local governor appointed by the Konbaung kings. The Taungoo District consisted of 52 wards, including today's Pyinmana (and Naypyidaw) regions. The district was cut in half after the Second Anglo-Burmese War. The British annexed the southern half, including the city of Taungoo while the northern portion, including Pyinmana and Ela, remained Burmese.[6]

In 1940, the British Royal Air Force built an airfield north of the town, which from August 1941 through February 1942 served as a training and support base for the 1st American Volunteer Group, popularly known as the Flying Tigers.

Taungoo celebrated its 500th birthday on 16 October 2010, by reconstructing and renovating many city attractions.[3]


Taungoo has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification Aw) bordering on a tropical monsoon climate (Köppen climate classification Am). Temperatures are hot throughout the year, and the months before the monsoon (March-May) are especially hot with average maximum temperatures exceeding 35 °C (95 °F). There is a winter dry season (November-March) and a summer wet season (April-October).

Climate data for Taungoo
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.7
Average low °C (°F) 14.9
Precipitation mm (inches) 7
Source: HKO (1961-1990)[7]


  • Taungoo District Peace and Development Council - List of Six Townships
  • Taungoo Township Peace and Development Council
  • Taungoo Ward Peace and Development Council - 22 Wards
  • Taungoo Municipal
  • District and Township Immigration Dept
  • Myanmar Timber Enterprise
  • Finance and Tax Dept
  • Civil Engineering Dept
  • District and Township Education Dept
  • Health Dept
  • District and Township Forestry Dept
  • MPPE
  • Taungoo Correctional Dept. Taungoo Prison
  • Taungoo Quarry Camp
  • Taungoo Post Office
  • Taungoo TeleCom station
  • Myanmar Television Sub-station
  • Myawady Television Sub-station
  • Union Solidarity and Development Association
  • Myanmar Maternal Children’s Welfare Association
  • Myanmar Women Affair Federation
  • Division 5 Railways Office
  • Taungoo Township and District Courts


  1. No.1 Police Station Taungoo - 199
  2. No.2 Police Station Taungoo - 199
  3. Taungoo District Police Force
  4. Taungoo Township Police Force
  5. Division 5 Railways Police Force, Taungoo
  6. Taungoo Motor Vehicle Police Station
  7. Taungoo Fire Station Command - 191 (1 Support Vehicle)
  8. Taungoo Township Fire Station No.1 - 191 (3 Engines)
  9. Taungoo Township Fire Station No.2 - 191 (2 Engines)
  10. Myanmar Red Cross Society, Taungoo - Ambulance 192
  11. Taungoo Weather Station


  1. Southern Command - Kaytu Myothit
  2. Taungoo Air Force Base HQ
  3. No.47 Helicopter Squardron
  4. Amoury Division - Oak Twin
  5. Artillery Division - Oak Twin
  6. Police Battalion, Taungoo - Training School
  7. No.(3) Field Medical Battalion


  • Military Intelligence No.3 (MI)
  • Special Intelligence (Special Branch) SB
  • Bureau of special investigations (BSI)
  • Special Police Force
  • Narcotic


Taungoo's population is estimated be about 121,000.[1] The population was 66000 in 1983 when the last official census in Myanmar was conducted.[8] The Bamar (Burmans) make up the majority with a significant Kayin (Karen) population on the eastern side of the city. The Chinese, Indians, Shan and Kayah people make up the rest.

The majority of residents are Theravada Buddhists, followed by Baptist and Roman Catholic Christians. Taungoo is home to a number of Karen Christian association headquarters and 15 churches.


The main transport options to Taungoo is rail and motorways. The Taungoo railway station is on the main north line of Myanmar Railways, and the Taungoo Highway bus station is served by domestic bus lines. Gandawin Highway bus headquarters is in Taungoo.

Taungoo Airport is the area's only airport. It is served only by Myanma Airways, with regular flights to Yangon, Mandalay, Naypyidaw, Loikaw, Tachilek, and Taunggyi.

Intra-city transport is mainly through a circular railway line which serves around the Taungoo District and bus lines, which serve downtown, and suburban areas:

  • Gandawin Express Bus
  • Yoma Express Bus
  • Zay Yar Shwe Pyi
  • Say Taman
  • Sein Myittar
  • Shwe Man Thu

There are two main bridges: Sittaung Bridge and Kaphaung Bridge.


circular train

Taungoo has six high schools, four public universities, a divinity school and two nursing/midwifery training schools.

  1. Taungoo University
  2. Taungoo Educational College
  3. Computer University, Taungoo
  4. Technological University, Taungoo
  5. Taungoo Nursing Training School
  6. Taungoo Midwifery Training School
  7. Paku Divinity School


  1. Taungoo General Hospital
  2. Taungoo Railways Hospital
  3. Thaw Thee Ko Clinic
  4. Ketu Clinic

Major sites[edit]

  1. Thargaya Elephant Camp
  2. Kandawggyi Garden
  3. Kaytumaddy Garden
  4. Kaphaung Creek Bridge
  5. Sittaung Bridge
  6. Electronic Library
  7. Taungoo Gym
  8. Taungoo Stadium
  9. Kha Baung Hall
  10. Taungoo Municipal Market
  11. Taungoo Market
  12. Bayinnaung Market
  13. Kayinmazay Market
  14. Win Cinema
  15. Bayinnaung Cinema


  1. Shwesandaw Pagoda
  2. Myasigon Pagoda
  3. Kaungmudaw Pagoda
  4. Mya Saw Nyi-Naung Pagoda

Notable residents[edit]

  • Dr. Saw Durmay (Po Min), president of loyal Karen association of Burma-India, owner of white elephant and descendant of Karen chief priest[9][10]
  • Ringo aka Maung Maung Lwin, singer, composer, and guitarist[11]
  • Naw Li Zar, singer and composer[12]
  • Saw Say Wah, chairman of Eastern Bago Division Anti-Drug Association and retired chief of police (deputy-director )[13]


  • MTV or MTV1 - broadcasts in Burmese language.
  • MTV2 - broadcast in Burmese language and some local languages
  • MTV4 - 24 hours sport channel. (pay TV)
  • MTV3 - broadcasts in Thai, Khmer, Vietnamese and English. (pay TV)
  • MRTV - broadcasts in Burmese, Arakanese, Shan, Karen, Kachin, Kayah, Chin, Mon and English
  • MWD 1,2[1]
  • MRTV3[2]
  • Kyehmon (Burmese: ကြေးမုံ) - state-run daily (newspaper)
  • The New Light of Myanmar (Burmese: Myanma A-lin) - English and Burmese language (newspaper)
  • The Myanmar Times (Burmese: Myanma Taing) - private-run English-language weekly (newspaper)
  • Myanmar Radio National Service (Radio)
  • VOA (Radio)
  • BBC (Radio)
  • Myanmar Teleport (ISP)
  • Information Technology Central Services (ITCS)-(ISP)
  • Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT)- (ISP)


Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cathedral 
Taungoo Burmese Church 
Trinity Church 
Paku Church 
No.5 State High School, Taungoo 
No.4 State High School, Taungoo 


  1. ^ a b "Taungoo, Burma Page". Falling Rain. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  2. ^ Lt. Gen. Sir Arthur P. Phayre (1883). History of Burma (1967 ed.). London: Susil Gupta. pp. 90–93. 
  3. ^ a b Shwe Yinnma Oo (2010-08-02). "Taungoo prepares for 500th birthday". The Myanmar Times. 
  4. ^ Victor B Lieberman (2003). Strange Parallels: Southeast Asia in Global Context, c. 800-1830, volume 1, Integration on the Mainland. Cambridge University Press. pp. 150–154. 
  5. ^ Maung Htin Aung (1967). A History of Burma. New York and London: Cambridge University Press. p. 140. 
  6. ^ Sir James George Scott, John Percy Hardiman (1901). Gazetteer of Upper Burma and the Shan States, Part 2 3. Printed by the superintendent, Government printing, Burma. p. 374. 
  7. ^ "Climatological Information for Taungoo, Myanmar". Hong Kong Observatory. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "City Population of Myanmar". citypopulation.de. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  9. ^ http://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=1677&show=1
  10. ^ http://www.scribd.com/doc/37673357/9/CHAPTER-VII-KAREN-CELEBRITIES
  11. ^ http://www.myanmarmp3.net/artist.aspx?ArtID=107
  12. ^ http://www.myanmarmp3.net/artist.aspx?ArtID=357
  13. ^ http://www.mizzima.com/political-pro/new-parties/kpp.html

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Preceded by
Capital of Burma
16 October 1510 – January 1539
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Capital of Burma
11 January 1551 – 12 March 1552
Succeeded by

Coordinates: 18°56′N 96°26′E / 18.933°N 96.433°E / 18.933; 96.433