Yangon River

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Yangon River
Hlaing River
Yangon River.jpg
The Beauty of Yangon River
Country Republic of The Union of Myanmar
City Yangon also known as Rangoon
Source Hlaing River
 - location Andaman Sea, Burma
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)

The Yangon River (also known as Rangoon River or Hlaing River) is formed by the confluence of the Pegu and Myitmaka rivers and is a marine estuary that runs from Yangon (also known as Rangoon) emptying into the Gulf of Martaban of the Andaman Sea. The channel is navigable by ocean-going vessels and thus plays a critical role in the economy of Burma.[1]

Coal divers prepare to dive under Yangon River in Yangon, Myanmar on 7 June 2011.

The Twante Canal connects the Yangon River with the Irrawaddy Delta or Ayeyarwady Delta, once known as 'the rice bowl of Asia'. It comprises 1,000 square miles (3,000 km2) of lush teak plantations and mangrove swamps, many of which have now been cleared in favour of rice production.


  1. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica; Reuters; Mother.

Coordinates: 16°28′N 96°20′E / 16.467°N 96.333°E / 16.467; 96.333