Magway Region

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Magway Region

Myanma transcription(s)
 • Burmesemagwe: tuing: desa. kri:
Flag of Magway Region
Official seal of Magway Region
Location of Magway Region in Myanmar
Location of Magway Region in Myanmar
Coordinates: 20°15′N 94°45′E / 20.250°N 94.750°E / 20.250; 94.750Coordinates: 20°15′N 94°45′E / 20.250°N 94.750°E / 20.250; 94.750
Country Myanmar
 • Chief MinisterAung Moe Nyo (NLD)
 • CabinetMagway Region Government
 • LegislatureMagway Region Hluttaw
 • JudiciaryMagway Region High Court
 • Total44,820.6 km2 (17,305.3 sq mi)
Area rank4th
 • Total3,917,055
 • Rank7th
 • Density87/km2 (230/sq mi)
 • EthnicitiesBamar, Chin, Rakhine, Shan, Karen
 • ReligionsBuddhism 98.8%
Christianity 0.7%
Islam 0.3%
Hinduism 0.1%
animism 0.1%
Time zoneUTC+06:30 (MST)
HDI (2017)0.560[2]
medium · 6th

Magway Region (Burmese: မကွေးတိုင်းဒေသကြီး, pronounced [məɡwé táiɴ dèθa̰ dʑí], formerly Magway Division) is an administrative division in central Myanmar. Magway Region is the second largest of Myanmar's seven divisions, with an area of 44,820 square kilometres (17,306 sq mi). Pa Del Dam(ပဒဲဆည်) is one of the Dam in Aung Lan Township, Magway Division. Capital and second largest city of the Magway Division is Magway and largest city of the Magway Division is Pakokku. . Major Cities of Magway Division are Magway, Pakokku, Yenangyaung, Minbu, Aunglan, Chauk and Gangaw.


Mayway Region sits approximately between north latitude 18° 50' to 22° 47' and east longitude 93° 47' to 95° 55'. It is bordered by Sagaing Region to the north, Mandalay Region to the east, Bago Region to the south, and Rakhine State and Chin State to the west.


Fossils of the early primates over 40 million years old were excavated in the Pondaung and Ponnya areas from Pakokku District in Magway Region, leading the government to proclaim that Myanmar as "the birthplace of humanity in the world," a claim which is unsupported by anthropologists. An ancient city of the Pyu, Peikthano-myo, about 2000 years old, is located in Taungdwingyi Township, Magway Region.

The history of Magway Region mirrors that of the other divisions of central Burma. The ancient name of Magway Region is Minbu Region (or) Minbu province. Minbu Region was established with 3 districts. They are Minbu District,Thayet District and Yenangyaung District.Capital city was Yenangyaung.

On 2 March 1962, the military led by General Ne Win took control of Burma through a coup d'état, and the government has been under direct or indirect control by the military.A new constitution of the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma was adopted in 1974.

By 1974 construction, the name of Minbu region was changed to Magway Region and Yenangyaung District was abolished.Magway District was established with 6 townships. Pakokku province was abolished and Pakokku District was added to the Magway Division and Mindat District was added to the Chin state. And then,Magway Region was established with 4 Districts. They are Magway District, Minbu District, Thayet District and Pakokku District.Capital city was changed to Magway from Yenangyaung.

In the year of 2003, Pakokku District was divided into two districts.They are Pakokku District and Gangaw District. So,Magway Region is with 5 districts and 25 townships.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Magway Region is made up of the districts of Magwe, Minbu, Thayet, Pakokku and Gangaw comprising 25 townships and 1,696 ward village-tracts. The capital is the city of Magwe (1994 population estimated at 100,000) and the largest city is Pakokku (1994 population estimated as 159,000). Other major cities are Thayet, Aunglan, Yenangyaung and Minbu.



Magway Region Government



Magway Region High Court


Historical population
1973 2,634,757—    
1983 3,243,166+23.1%
2014 3,917,055+20.8%
Source: 2014 Myanmar Census[1]

The population of Magway Region is 3,912,711 in 2014. Over 95% the people are Bamar, with very small numbers of minorities such as Chin, Rakhine, Karen, Shan, and others, including a tiny Anglo-Burmese population. During colonial times, this part of Burma had a large Anglo-Burmese population, descended from Western oil workers and their Burmese partners. Approximately 99% of the population is Buddhist.

Religion in Magway Region (2014)[3]

  Buddhism (98.8%)
  Christianity (0.7%)
  Islam (0.3%)
  Tribal religion (0.1%)
  Hindu (0.1%)


The Irrawaddy River is the major transportation system in Magway Region, both in terms of volume of goods and population served. Most major towns in the region are river ports on the Irrawaddy; among them are Magway, Pakokku, Minbu, Yenangyaung, Chauk, Allanmyo, and Thayetmyo.Pakokku port is a major port of Magway Region and third important port in Myanmar after Yangon port and Mandalay port.

For those areas not on the Irrawaddy, the major form of transport in Magway Region is by road. The region is divided by the Irrawaddy and on the western side of the river the road system is less developed. Towns are connected with two-lane roads and many parts of the roads are in bad condition. Most towns have regular bus transportation to Rangoon (Yangon) and Mandalay.

The Pyay to Nyaung-U and Myingyan railway runs through eastern Magway with connections to the capital Naypyidaw, Rangoon and Mandalay. The major stops in Magway on that line are Taungdwingyi and Natmauk. In addition, there are two rail lines running north from the Irrawaddy port of Pakokku, one to Chaung-U in Sagaing Region and the other to the Myittha River valley past Myaing and Kyaw.[4]

The capital Magway has a small non-commercial airport with air traffic for the city of Magway mostly coming in through Bagan Airport at Nyaung U some 113 km to the north along the Irrawaddy. There are commercial airports at Gangaw, Kyauktu,[5] Pakokku, and Pauk.[4] As of 2010, however, none of them have regularly scheduled flights.Pakokku has an international airport.


The principal product of Magway Region is petroleum. It produces most of the oil and natural gas in Burma. The following oil fields are located in the Magway Region: the Mann, Yenangyaung, Chauk, Kyauk-khwet, Letpando and Ayadaw oil fields.[6]

In May 2002 Russia agreed to help Myanmar build a 10-megawatt nuclear reactor and two laboratories in the region.[7] Other industries include cement, cotton weaving, and tobacco, iron and bronze. Magway Region produces a large quantity of edible oil as well as petroleum, hence gaining a reputation as the "oil pot of Myanmar".

Agriculture is also important. The major crops are sesamum and groundnut. Other crops grown are rice, millet, maize, sunflower, beans and pulses, tobacco, toddy, chili, onions, and potatoes. Famous products of Magway Region include: Thanaka (Limonia acidissima) and Phangar (Chebulic myrobalan) fruit.

Magway has almost no tourist industry. Only Pakokku has an industrial zone.


According to official statistics,[8] Magway Region had 3859 schools of which only 70 were high schools. Only about 10% of the division's primary school students reach high school.

AY 2002-2003 Primary Middle High
Schools 3605 184 70
Teachers 14,800 3730 1377
Students 428,000 128,000 44,000

Most of 12 colleges and universities in the division are located in Yenangyaung, Magway and Pakokku. The University of Medicine, Magway is one of the most selective universities in the country.Yenangyaung Degree College and Yenangyaung Government Technical Institute are located in Yenangyaung.

Health care[edit]

The general state of health care in Myanmar is poor. The military government spends anywhere from 0.5% to 3% of the country's GDP on health care, consistently ranking among the lowest in the world.[9][10] Although health care is nominally free, in reality, patients have to pay for medicine and treatment, even in public clinics and hospitals. Public hospitals lack many of the basic facilities and equipment. Moreover, the health care infrastructure outside of Yangon and Mandalay is extremely poor. In 2003, Magway Region had less than a quarter of hospital beds than Yangon Region with a slightly greater population.[11]

2002–2003 # Hospitals # Beds
Specialist hospitals 0 0
General hospitals with specialist services 3 550
General hospitals 25 750
Health clinics 36 576
Total 64 1916

Notable sites[edit]

  • Fort Min Hla and Fort Kway Chaung: Two late Konbaung era forts built to resist a British invasion. One is Fort Minhla, situated inside the town of Minhla. Fort Kway Chaung is located at opposite bank of Irrawaddy river.


  1. ^ a b Census Report. The 2014 Myanmar Population and Housing Census. 2. Naypyitaw: Ministry of Immigration and Population. May 2015. p. 17.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ Department of Population Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population MYANMAR (July 2016). The 2014 Myanmar Population and Housing Census Census Report Volume 2-C. Department of Population Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population MYANMAR. pp. 12–15.
  4. ^ a b "Map of Magway Division" Myanmar's Net
  5. ^ "Burma Airports: Kyauktu Airport Map" Maplandia
  6. ^ Myanmar Ministry of Information (2002) Myanmar, facts and figures 2002 Union of Myanmar Ministry of Information, Yangon, page 42 OCLC 50131671
  7. ^ "Burma's Nuclear Ambition". Irrawaddy May 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-03.
  8. ^ "Education statistics by level and by State and Division". Myanmar Central Statistical Organization. Archived from the original on 2008-05-24. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
  9. ^ "PPI: Almost Half of All World Health Spending is in the United States". 2007-01-17. Archived from the original on 2008-02-05.
  10. ^ Yasmin Anwar (2007-06-28). 06.28.2007 "Burma junta faulted for rampant diseases" Check |url= value (help). UC Berkeley News.
  11. ^ "Hospitals and Dispensaries by State and Division". Myanmar Central Statistical Organization. Archived from the original on 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2009-04-11.