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Commonwealth War Cemeteries

There is a small cemetery in Yangon for Allied soldiers not far from the Shwedagon Pagoda called the Hanthawaddy War Cemetry which was first used as a burial ground in May 1945. In 1948, the graves of 36 Commonwealth servicemen who died in Yangon during the First World War were moved into this cemetery.


About 18 miles (29km) south of Mawlamyine, Thanbyuzayat, which literally mean ‘A shed of iron sheet’, is named after a structure which existed when it was the western terminus of the Death Railway built by prisoners of the Japanese during World War Two. Thousands of Allied prisoners-of-war as well as Myanmar and other Asians died building the railway, which had its eastern terminus at Kanchanaburi in Thailand. Thanbyuzayat symbolized the horrors of war and has a cemetery under the care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Mausoleums of General Aung San and U Thant

The two mausoleums lie at the opposite sides of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda with the former
including 7 other cabinet Ministers and a police body guard.
The latter, at the southern side of the Pagoda is also adjacent to the mausoleums of two other prominent figures.

Bahadur Shah Zafar

The last Mughal king, Bahadur Shah, better known as Bahadur Shah Zafar, was placed on the throne in 1837.
He was a poet and most of his poetry is full of pain and sorrow owing to the distress and degradation he had to face at the hands of the British. He was a great patron of poetry and literary work and some of the most eminent and famous Urdu poets like Mirza Ghalib, Zauk, Momin and Daagh were of his time.
Bahadur Shah, who had been proclaimed as an emperor of whole of India, was overthrown and was arrested in Delhi, with his three sons and a grandson. His sons were killed and their severed heads were brought before him. He was exiled in 1858 to Rangoon (now Yangon), Burma (now Myanmar), where he lived his last five years and died at the age of 87.