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Pathein

Administration
Full name 
Official namePathein
Native name 
Other nameBassein
CountryBurma
DivisionAyeyarwady Region
DistrictPathein District
TownshipPathein Township
Demography
Total Population300000
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
EthnicitiesBamar, Burmese Indians, Kayin
ReligionsBuddhism, Islam
Other information
Time zoneMST (UTC+6.30)
Area code42

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Pathein ( , -mypəθèiɴ mjo̰; , -mnwpha sɛm), also called Bassein, is a port city with a 2004 population estimated at 215,600, and the capital of the Ayeyarwady Region, Burma. It lies on the Pathein River (Bassein), which is a western branch of the Irrawaddy River.

It is located within the Pathein Township of Pathein District and is also the seat of all. Although once part of the Mon kingdom, Pathein has few ethnic Mon residents today. The majority are of Bamar, Burmese Indians, Kayin ethnicity. There are, however, notable minorities of Karen and Rakhine.


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