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Burma 101: Roads of Yangon
Tales behind the name of some important streets in Yangon. BURMA, MYANMAR. Rangoon, Yangon. We are all acquainted with the name play, but these were not the only milestones that lost their UK title, as the new army regimes tried to unite the land under a clearly anti-colonial name. Renowned policemen and officials were exchanged for old Myanmar monarchs and nationalistic hero.
These are a brief tutorial on the tales behind the new name for some of the roads of Yangon. Bayintnaung (also called Bayinnaung) took over the Burmese Taungoo dynasty in the sixteenth and became the most productive emperor in Myanmar's annals. Not only did his elephants troop, alien troops and telecommunications battleships bring the territory of contemporary Myanmar under his rule, but also Thailand and Laos.
Situated in the Bago region, one of the oldest towns of the Pyu, the oldest known tribe of Myanmar, is known as the Promen. It is said that the city was built by descendents of the mythical king Abhiyaza in the first hundred years B.C., although some scholars suspect that it was later.
In 1926, the UK authorities arrested the powerful U Wisara for uprising. Finally U Wisara was set free, but kept speaking out against the Brits and was soon arrested again under the same accusations. They built this sea to act as a reserve by flood an area containing the Laguna of Inya, on the basis of which the humans are said to have hidden treasure for the coming Buddha - along with accursed tables for those who wanted to loo.
The Dhammazedi is probably the largest Mon character in Myanmar's story. He reigned the Hanthawaddy Kingdom in the latter part of the fifteenth centuary, a mon-force based in Bago that came into being after the collapse of the Bagan empire in 1287. He was the sixteenth Hanthawaddy Emperor and initiated a glorious era of commerce, civilization and army, in which the Mon kingdom almost overshadowed the North Myanmar empires.
Yar Kyaw was a religious and doctor who rebelled from a rural education and led a great revolt against the British in 1930. A native of a rural poverty-stricken community near Shwebo - by chance the place of birth of the Konbaung dictatorship that reigned Myanmar before the British - he wandered the land as a carver, astrologist, traditional healing man and ultimately as a grass-roots warrior.
Mr. Barnes was a member of the General Council of Burma's nationalistic associations and later headed a committee investigating the life of Burma's farmers. Saya San became Burma's leader after British Burma was hit by the worldwide economic crisis and a disastrous quake and tidal wave, and was crowned in the full traditions of the Konbaung masters.
Its grass-roots rebellion soon increased to 3000 insurgents; it took two years for the British to overthrow it. Goodliff is a small guesthouse near the top of Saya San Road. Constructor of the convent, which used architectonic features from Europe, was Burma's Yaw Min Gyi Pho Hlaing, a guide from the nineteenth cen.
However, the other acts of Yaw Min Gyi Pho Hlaing, a fine official under Mindon and later Thibaw, Myanmar's last royalty, continue. He is also the native of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a nationalistic character who followed the 1942 Japonese occupation before securing Burma's post-war liberation.
Murdered in July 1947 - just six month before Burma's liberation - Aung San is often considered the founder fathers of contemporary Myanmar. Newcomers to Burma may not realize that often in Myanmar folks leave their names and leave only the titles "Bogyoke" or "Major General". The same goes for the road and the nearby square.
The young Ko Aung Kyaw was hit and murdered by a stick in 1938 during a common protests by Rangoon University miners and Yangon University under which they block entry to the secretariat (in front of which Bo Aung Kyaw Road now runs). Maha Bandoola (née Maung Yit) was a general who extended the Konbaung Empire west in the early nineteenth-century before heading the King's army against the British during the First Anglo-Burmese Wars.
In 1824, after the Brits drove Burma's troops out of Rangoon, Maha Bandoola and his men walked over the traitorous Rakhine Yomas to exonerate them. However, Maha Bandoola was not able to recapture Yangon, and on April 1, 1825, he was murdered by gunfire in Danubyu after he had left the fort's protection to examine his men and strengthen morals.
The first great kings of Myanmar, Anawrahta. Influenced by a horse and elephant troop in the elephant age, he transformed the medieval city-state of Bagan into an empire stretching from the Malay Peninsula to the Himalayas. This Mongolian refuge finally conquered Anawrahta's imperium two hundred years later, and left behind a thousand of beasts for which today's Bagan is known.