Taw Phaya

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Taw Phaya
Prince Taw Phaya
Head of the Royal House of Konbaung
Tenure1956 – 2019
PredecessorMyat Phaya Lat
Born(1924-03-22)22 March 1924
Maymyo, British Burma
Died12 January 2019(2019-01-12) (aged 94)
Pyin U Lwin, Myanmar
Phaya Rita
(m. 1944; died 2019)
Issue5 sons, 2 daughters:
  • Richard Taw Phaya Myat Gyi
  • David Taw Phaya Myat
  • Edward Taw Phaya Myat Nge
  • Joseph Taw Phaya Myat Aye
  • Paul Taw Phaya Myat Thaike
  • Ann-Marie Su Phaya Lay
  • Rose-Marie Su Phaya Naing
FatherKo Ko Naing
MotherMyat Phaya Galay

Prince Edward Taw Phaya (Burmese: တော်ဘုရား, (22 March 1924 – 12 January 2019), also known as Tun Aung) was the Pretender to the Throne of Burma (abolished in 1885). He was the second son of Princess Myat Phaya Galay, the fourth daughter of King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat.[1] Upon the death of his aunt Myat Phaya Lat in 1956, he became the Head of the Royal House of Konbaung.[2]


Six siblings of Taw Phaya

Taw Phaya was born on 22 March 1924 in Maymyo, British Burma to parent Ko Ko Naing, a former monk and Princess Myat Phaya Galay who was the fourth daughter of King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat.

He attended high school at St. Patrick's High School, Moulmein and St. Paul's School in Rangoon. He worked as director of Thibaw Commercial Syndicate (TCS) Co. Ltd in 1951 from 1962. He was also Vice President of Association for Buddhism as the National Religion in 1958.

On 4 May 1944, he married his first cousin, Princess Phaya Rita, daughter of Prince Kodawgyi Naing and Princess Myat Phaya, who was the third daughter of Burma's last king, Thibaw Min and the sister of his mother.[2]

Documentary film[edit]

In 2017, Taw Phaya and his elder sister Hteik Su Phaya Gyi, nephew Soe Win, niece Devi Thant Sin appeared as the main characters of We Were Kings, a documentary film by Alex Bescoby and Max Jones. The film premiered in Mandalay on 4 November 2017 at the Irrawaddy Literary Festival and also screened in Thailand at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand.[3] The film is about Myanmar's history, but also about the descendants of the last kings of Burma who lived unassuming lives in modern Myanmar, unrecognized and unknown.[4]


Taw Phaya died on 12 January 2019 at his Pyin Oo Lwin Residence.[5]


Taw Phaya had five sons and two daughters:[2]

  • Richard Taw Phaya Myat Gyi (born 14 May 1945). Heir and second in line to the throne.
  • David Taw Phaya Myat (born 1 April 1947).
  • Edward Taw Phaya Myat Nge (born 27 April 1948 - died 14 November 1955).
  • Joseph Taw Phaya Myat Aye (born 19 March 1950).
  • Paul Taw Phaya Myat Thaike (born 19 February 1954).
  • Ann-Marie Su Phaya Lay (born 10 September 1952).
  • Rose-Marie Su Phaya Naing (born 21 April 1956).[2]



  1. ^ Kennedy, Phoebe, Burmese dictator lives like a king, laments the nation's last royal, published in The Independent, 12 March 2010
  2. ^ a b c d "The Konbaung Dynasty (part 19)". Royal Ark. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  3. ^ Jim Pollard (10 February 2018). "The right to remember Myanmar's last king". Asia Times.
  4. ^ Zuzakar Kalaung (2 November 2017). "We Were Kings: Burma's lost royal family". The Myanmar Times.
  5. ^ "သီပေါမင်းနဲ့ စုဖုရားလတ်တို့ရဲ့ နောက်ဆုံးမြေးတော် တော်ဘုရား ကွယ်လွန်" (in Burmese). Duwun. 12 January 2019.

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Taw Phaya
Born: 22 March 1924
Royal titles
Preceded by
Myat Phaya Lat
Heir to the Burmese Throne
1956 – 2019
Succeeded by