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Taunggyi

Administration
Full name 
Official nameTaunggyi
Native name 
CountryMyanmar
DivisionShan State
DistrictTaunggyi District
TownshipTaunggyi Township
Founded1894
Geography
Elevation4590 ft (1399 m)
Demography
Total Population200000
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
EthnicitiesBamar, Burmese Chinese, Shan, Burmese Indians, Gurkha
ReligionsBuddhism, Christianity, Islam
Other information
Time zoneMST (UTC+6.30)

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Taunggyi ( -mytàuɴdʑí mjo̰; Shan: -shnweŋ tɔŋ kji), is the capital of Shan State, Myanmar. Taunggyi has an estimated population of 205,000 , making it the fourth largest city in Myanmar (behind Mawlamyine), and is at an elevation of 4712 ft (1436.2 m) above sea level. The name Taunggyi means "big mountain" in the Burmese language, and is named after the ridge on the east of the city, and the prominent high point on it is called the Taung-chun or "The Spur." Locally this spur is popularly known as Phaya Taung. The ridge has a more prominent and more popular feature known as Chauk Talone, meaning the Craigs.

Although within the Shan State, the Shans are not the predominant population of this city. The Inthas and the Pa-Os, who are also the original inhabitants of the Shan Plateau, form the most visible population. They however are culturally and linguistically different from the Shan. Recently there has been a flood of Chinese immigrants. Taunggyi lies within the Myelat region of Shan State.


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