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Taungoo, Central Myanmar

Taungoo, Central Myanmar

Capital of Ancient Myanmar kingdom ruled by seven kings in the 15th and 16th century. Now Taungoo is main business city in the Bago region.

Taungoo is located in Bago Region of Myanmar 220 km North east of Yangon within 3-4hrs drive from Yangon. It is sided by 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 producing Burmese loved betel nuts. Taungoo’s main attraction is forest elephants camp.

Taungoo city foundation dates back to 1280 in the waning days of Pagan as part of frontier expansion southwards. After the fall of Pagan Empire in 1287. Taungoo was ruled several kingdoms and dynasties until the royal capital was moved further south to Pegu (aka Bago).

Travelling to Taungoo

It is approximately 4hrs drive from Yangon to Taungoo by car. There are also daily trains going to Mandalay that pass through Taungoo. The train journey takes approx. 6hrs.

What to see in Taungoo

The city itself is fairly quiet but local markets are always interesting to visit, Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake near downtown is nice walk around. Near the city there is Japanese cemetery dating back to second world war, with a memorial to deceased.

Out of town day trips and highlights include former British Hill Station Thandaung and Pho Kyar Elephant camp.