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Presidency: Bengal
Coordinates: 18.933333°N 96.433333°E
Altitude: 49 m (160 ft)
Present Day Details
Place Name: Taungoo
State/Province: Bago Division
Country: Burma
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Toungoo was the headquarters of Toungoo District in the Tenasserim Division of Lower Burma during the British period. It was situated on the Rangoon-Mandalay Railway, part of the Burma Railway, 166 miles from Rangoon, and 220 miles from Mandalay. Up until 1893, Toungoo was an important cantonment.

A brief comment that in 1877-8 Tounghoo was a Frontier Station[1]

Spelling variants

Modern name: Taungoo
Variants: Toungoo/Tonngo/Tongo/Tounghoo/Tonghoo/Toung-Ngoo/Taung-ngu


Battle of Tounghoo 1853


  • St John the Baptist Toungoo 1870. Church of England.
  • St Paul’s Toungoo 1887. Church of England. [2]

External links

Historical books online

  • "Tonghoo" page 332 Reports on mountain and marine sanitaria; medical and statistical observations on civil stations and military cantonments, jails - dispensaries - regiments - barracks, &c. within the Presidency of Madras, the Straits of Malacca, the Andaman Islands, and British Burmah from January 1858 to January 1862 by Inspector General of Hospitals Duncan Macpherson. 1862 Part of the series Selections from the Records of the Madras Government.
  • "Tonghoo" page 436 Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Inquire into the Sanitary State of the Army in India : with Abstract of Evidence, and of Reports Received from Indian Military Stations 1864
  • "Toung-Ngoo" The British Burma Gazetteer, page 806, published 1879
  • "Ten Days at Toungoo" by the Rev Dr Marks, Principal of St John’s College, Rangoon page 44 Mission Field, a monthly record of the proceedings of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel at home and abroad 1880
  • Burma Gazetteer: District Series. Toungoo District Vol A 1914., Public Library of India Collection.


  1. Reminiscences of an Indian Cavalry Officer, page 44 by Colonel John Sutton Edward Western 1922
  2. Page 87 Wanderings in Burma by George W Bird 1897 Southeast Asia Visions, Cornell University