Taungoo (or) Kaytumadi



Taungoo is a city in the Bago Division of Myanmar, located 220 km from Yangon, towards the northern end of the division, with mountain ranges to both east and west. The main industry is in forestry products, with teak and other hardwoods extracted from the mountains. The city is also known for its areca palms, to the extent that a Burmese proverb for unexpected good fortune is equated to a “betel lover winning a trip to Taungoo”.

King Mingyinyo founded Taungoo (Kaytumadi) in 1510 AD. Although few visible historic remains survive, Taungoo was once the capital of one of the most powerful post-Bagan Burmese kingdoms, over which seven kings reigned for a period of 155 years. All the four sides of the brick city wall remain, with the exception of the part of the southern wall. The 9.6 m wide moat is dried up, except in some of its sections on the eastern side, where it is purposely kept and properly maintained.

The eastern portion of Taungoo district is the home to many Kayin.

Interesting Places in Taungoo

Shwesandaw Pagoda

Shwesandaw Pagoda is the religious landmark of Taungoo. It is situated in the centre of Taungoo, west of the main road. The pagoda was built in 1597. There are many interesting pavilions in the pagoda compound.

Myasigon Pagoda

This pagoda is the most interesting pagodas in Taungoo even though not as well known as Shwesandaw Pagoda. There is a huge, bronze sitting Buddha image in the pagoda.

Seinye Elephant Camp

Seinye elephant camp is located in Oaktwin township of Bago Region. Just one hour drive from Taungoo. This 102 acres camp was established in 1996. It is in the forests of Bago Yoma mountain ranges, where you can explore the beauty of nature and to see well-trained elephants.

Thargaya Elephant Camp

Thargaya Elephant Camp or Pho Kyar Elephant Camp is located in Yedashe Township, Thargara. It can be reached by car from Taungoo. There you can get the opportunities for studying natural forest plants, riding elephant around the camp, bathing and washing young elephants and many other things.

Pathi Creek

Than Daung is a forgotten hilltop town much closer to Taungoo which was former British hill station. Pathi Creek is located in new Than Daung, Kayin State and it is 48 km far from Taungoo. You can swim along the breathtaking Pathi Creek and enjoy the natural beauty of mountains and forest. There is Shwe Than Daung Resort beside the Pathi Creek.

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