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Aungban (Burmese: အောင်ပန်းမြို့) is a town located in the southern part of Shan State. It is located in Kalaw Township which is part of Taunggyi District. It lies at the elevation of 4219 feet above sea level. As of September 2017, its population was 30313. It is a junction town and thus majority of agricultural products (mainly potato, garlic, ginger, cabbage, tomato, cauliflower, orange, tea-leave) from nearby towns and villages are collected there by traders and exported to other parts of country, especially to Yangon, Mandalay, Kayin and Mon States.
As a trade hub in the region, more than half a dozen of banks are being operated. As a logistically important place, most of the biggest companies set up branch offices there, creating much employment opportunities for local people. Job opportunities vary from porters and lorry-drivers to mid-level management officers. The town also plays a strategic role for military works that it has become an army base. 700-bedded military hospital started its operation in 2000s, providing healthcare service not only to military personnels but also to wider public. Aungban-Loikaw railroad was constructed in 1992. Condition of motorway from Aungban to Loikaw was significantly improved over the past few years and local people no longer rely on train services nowadays.
Recent boom in tourism industry of Kalaw as a popular hiking spot and hill station has brought some impact to Aungban as well. There are more than 5 hotels offering hundreds of rooms to visitors.
The town get quickly urbanized during President U Thein Sein´s term. Despite earning much municipal taxes from local businesses and people, township administrative parties were focusing mainly on Kalaw that the town grew double in size without proper civil planning. No public amenities for the population it host and private business sector starts to take chance by developing swimming pools, playground, football pitches, etc around the town. There is a small lake,namely Mingalar Lake in Bahtoo Park. Once it was a collection of sanitary water discharged from higher ground area, renovation and restoration works for the park and the lake was carried out by the chairman of KBZ bank and now it becomes a recreational place for the locals.
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