History and Background
Taukkyan War Cemetry holds the remains of Allied soldiers who died during World War I and II. It honors the soldiers for whom no known grave was found. There are 6,374 graves from World War II alone, though only 5576 are identified. The names of more than 27,000 Commonwealth soldiers who died with Myanmar are put as the memorial pillars. After unearthing its inhabitants from four battlefield cemeteries in Sittwe, Mandalay, Meiktila and Sahmaw, this cemetery was opened in 1951. Since opening, this place has been administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in the United Kingdom – which currently cares for 23,000 such locations in 154 countries.
When you come to Yangon, you should not leave this beautifully maintained cemetery which is only Twelve miles north of Yangon’s airport. It is also one of several in the region inseparably linked to the Thailand-Burma Railway or so-called “Death Railway” built by Japan during World War Two. You can feel something deep about hardships endured by prisoners and local civilian laborers who built it during the entire war. It becomes the physical reminder for all people about the cost of the war. You can also call it a place “where the statistics of war melt away, where history becomes real and personal.” This history is likely to linger with visitors very long after leaving Taukkyan War Cemetery. “They died for all free men,” the top of the Yangon Memorial states to visitors. It is must-visit place for your Yangon city tour.
We suggest you to explore it during the morning and evening time that can make you more comfortable to avoid the hot sun. Entry is free. Its opening hour is from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily. Let visit to this highly recommended place quietly in honor of respectful allied soldiers.
It is located in the Taukkyan town in the township of Mingaladon, around 25 km north of Yangon on Pyay Road. It takes about 45 minute by car from central Yangon and 25 minutes from the International airport. Exact location of the cemetery is North (17º02’08.24″) and East (96º07’55.28″).