Botahtaung Township

Botataung Township, which is in the east district of Yangon division,
in area of 2.4 kilometers, is included in the six downtowns of Yangon. It is established with 10 quarters: Pazundaung in the north east, Yangon River in the south, Kyauktada Township in the west and Mingala Taungnyunt Township in the north. Since long time ago, people took a name, “a sacred hair of Gautama Buddha, Botataung Pagoda” to call this township, “Botataung”. Because, when the pagoda was first built, it was the place that a sacred hair of Gautama Buddha was welcomed by 1,000 military officers. That’s why the pagoda is called as “Botataung Pagoda”. There are 13 schools and 1 university in this township. There are 3 main general hospitals of east district, and another 3 private hospitals in Yangon.
The famous Kyemon newspaper publishing enterprise in Myanmar, the Five Stars Shipping Company important for Department of Marine Administration, Myanmar; these two works are existed in Botataung. There are still many Colonial period buildings which are systematically established in Botataung since British-ruled period.
For example, you can see clearly the British-ruled period architectural tastes in “Yangon City Development Committee” building. The Ministers’ Building (previously called as “Yangon Secretariat”), built in 1890, is still existed in this township.
As other historical buildings, there is Siyin Baptist Church at Bo Myat Tun road, and another is the biggest church in Myanmar;
Saint Mary’s Cathedral or Immaculate Conception Cathedral at Bo Aung Kyaw street. You can find many architectural tastes (British-ruled period) on these two churches. As the conclusion, Botataung Township is improving yearly at the one side; the old-time buildings together with newly-built buildings, condos and apartments are still good and alive at the other side.

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