September 19, 2017

Toungoo celebrates 505th anniversary

The 505th birth of Toungoo (Ketumati) in progress in Toungoo. Photo: Ba Aye
The 505th birth of Toungoo (Ketumati) in progress in Toungoo. Photo: Ba Aye

A ceremony to mark the 505th year since the birth of the city of Toungoo was held on a grand scale near Ketumati archway on Bohmu Po Kun Road yesterday.
Union Minister for Home Affairs and for Immigration and Population Lt-Gen Ko Ko cut a ribbon to launch the ceremony.
Soldiers in military uniforms from the Toungoo period marched from the archway to Tawwin Ketumati Hotel along Bohmu Po Kun Road, replicating an ancient royal ceremony.
Officials presented prizes to winners in the acting, singing, painting, photo, football, mini-marathon and Buddhology contests in commemoration of the event.
King Mingyi Nyo established Toungoo, which was called Ketumati City in 1510 AD.

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