Twante Township

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Twante Township
တွံတေး မြို့နယ်
Twantay Township
township
Skyline of Twante Township
Twante Township is located in Myanmar
Twante Township
Twante Township
Location in Burma
Coordinates: 16°44′0″N 95°58′0″E / 16.73333°N 95.96667°E / 16.73333; 95.96667Coordinates: 16°44′0″N 95°58′0″E / 16.73333°N 95.96667°E / 16.73333; 95.96667
Country Burma (Myanmar)
Region Yangon
Administrative seat Twante
Population (2008)[1] 202,221
Time zone MST (UTC6:30)

Twante Township also Twantay Township (Burmese: တွံတေး မြို့နယ်, pronounced: [tʊ̀ɴté mjo̰nɛ̀]) is a township in the Yangon Region of Burma (Myanmar). It is located west across the Hlaing River from the city of Yangon. The principal town and administrative seat is Twante. The township is home to the Shwesandaw Pagoda (known as "Golden Hair Relic Pagoda" in English) and it is believed to contain strands of hair from the head of Gautama, and its annual pagoda festival is held on Burmese New Year.[2] The longest man made canal in Myanmar is Twante canal and it is also a shortcut waterway to Ayawaddy river to Yangon river which divides Twante Township with its length of 35 km[3] and there is one bridge that spans the canal is called Twante bridge.[4] Baungdawgyoke Monastery in Twante Township is one the famous as there are pagodas including the replica of Mahabodhi Temple[5][6]

တွံတေးရွှေဆံတော်စေတီ မြင်ကွင်းကျယ်
Panoramic View of Twante Shwe San Daw Pagoda.

Communities[edit]

The 220 villages of Twante Township are organized into 65 village tracts and 8 urban wards.[1] Twante Township is well known for its pottery activities handled by a few families since several generations.[7] It is also area of fish farming in Yangon region.[8]

History[edit]

During the British rule in Burma, George Orwell was a police officer in Twante, responsible for the security of some 200,000 people.

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