Yankin Township

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Yankin Township
ရန်ကင်း မြို့နယ်
Township of Yangon
Yankin Township
Yankin Township is located in Myanmar
Yankin Township
Yankin Township
Coordinates: 16°49′25″N 96°9′46″E / 16.82361°N 96.16278°E / 16.82361; 96.16278Coordinates: 16°49′25″N 96°9′46″E / 16.82361°N 96.16278°E / 16.82361; 96.16278
Country Myanmar
Division Yangon
City Yangon
Township Yankin
Area
 • Total 5.030 km2 (1.9421 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 • Total 155,000
 • Density 31,000/km2 (80,000/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC6:30)
Postal codes 11081
Area code(s) 1 (mobile: 80, 99)
YCDC[1]

Yankin Township (Burmese: ရန်ကင်း မြို့နယ်, pronounced: [jàɴɡɪ́ɴ mjo̰nɛ̀]) is located in the north-central part of Yangon. The township comprises 16 wards, and shares borders with Mayangon township in the north, Thingangyun township and South Okkalapa township in the east, the Inya Lake, Bahan township and Mayangon township in the west, and Tamwe township in the south. The township has 13 primary schools, seven middle schools and two high schools.[1]

Yankin is a thriving commercial hub of Yangon. Yankin Centre is a leading shopping destination in Yangon, attracting shoppers from around the city. Saya San Road is the main thoroughfare that runs through most of the important places in the township. The Kokkine Swimming Pools, and the 18-hectare (44.5-acre) Myakyuntha Amusement Park[2] are both located here. In 2008, the National Library of Myanmar moved to a new site in Yankin Township.[3] In 2011, a new children's hospital opened in the township, occupying the site of an old Ministry of Mining building.[4]

Yankin is a mix of upscale and middle class area with a multi-ethnic character. The township has a large Tamil community, and a rich collection of Hindu temples, (most of which are dedicated to Kali and Ganesh) as well as a large Chinese temple called Fushan Temple, believed to be the largest in Yangon.

The Mogaung Pagoda is the principal pagoda of the area, and the annual Mogaung Pagoda Festival attracts a number of people from around the city.

Etymology[edit]

Yankin means Free of Strife. The name was given by King Alaungpaya of Konbaung Dynasty in 1755 after he had conquered a small village named Thanlyin Kin as part of his reunification of the country.[5]

Landmarks[edit]

Yankin was home to a number of government ministry headquarters before they were moved to Naypyidaw in 2006. The Central Bank of Myanmar, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Industries 1, the Ministry of Industries 2, the Ministry of Mines and the Ministry of Forestry all had their main offices here.

Yankin Apartments was part of one of the many public housing programs implemented by U Nu's government.

The following is a list of landmarks protected by the city in Yankin township.[6]

Structure Type Address Notes
Kalayana Temple (Zekwet Pagoda) Temple Dhammayon Road
Mogaung Pagoda Pagoda Mogaung Pagoda Road (Corner of Dhmmayon Road)
Nagalein Pagoda Pagoda Budayon Road
Supramanayan Hindu Temple Hindu Temple Budayon Road

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Yankin Township". Yangon City Development Committee. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  2. ^ "ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ့ရႇိ ျမကြၽန္းသာဥယ်ာဥ္အား ေခတ္မီဥယ်ာဥ္ႀကီးအျဖစ္ အဆင့္ျမႇင့္တင္မည္" [Renovations Planned for Myakyuntha Park]. Bi-Weekly Eleven News (in Burmese). 2010-09-25. Archived from the original on 28 September 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Thein, Cherry (27 October 2011). "National Library moves to new location in Yankin township". The Myanmar Times. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Thein, Cherry (21 March 2011). "Children's hospital opens in Yankin". Myanmar Times. Archived from the original on 16 September 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Sein Myint, Aung Thein Han (1967). Beyond Ava (in Burmese). Yangon: Gandama Publishing. p. 64. 
  6. ^ "Special Reports: Heritage List". The Myanmar Times. 2001-10-29. Archived from the original on 15 June 2009.