Old and New Place Names


Old and New Place Names
   The following is a guide to geographical place names in Burma (Myanmar) and their alteration, as issued by the State Law and Order Restoration Council in the June 1989 Adaptation of Expressions Law:
   Old = New
   Burma = Myanmar
   Union of Burma = Union of Myanmar
   Akyab (Sittwe) = Sittway
   Arakan State = Rakhine State
   Arakan Yoma = Rakhine Yoma
   Ava = Inwa
   Bassein = Pathein
   Bassein River = Pathein River
   Chindwin River = Chindwinn River
   Irrawaddy Delta = Ayeyarwady Delta
   Irrawaddy Division = Ayeyarwady Division
   Irrawaddy River = Ayeyarwady River
   Karen State = Kayin State
   Keng Tung (Kengtung) = Kyaingtong
   Kyaukpyu = Kyaukphyu
   Magwe = Magway
   Magwe Division = Magway Division
   Maymyo Pyin = U Lwin
   Mergui = Myeik, Beik
   Mergui Archipelago = Myeik (Beik) Archipelago
   Moulmein = Mawlamyine
   Pa-an = Hpa-an
   Pagan = Bagan
   Pegu = Bago
   Pegu Division = Bago Division
   Pegu River = Bago River
   Pegu Yoma = Bago Yoma
   Prome = Pyay
   Rangoon = Yangon
   Rangoon Division = Yangon Division
   Rangoon River = Yangon River
   Salween River = Thanlwin River
   Sandoway = Thandwe
   Sittang River = Sittoung River
   Syriam = Thanlyin
   Tavoy = Dawei
   Tenasserim Division = Tanintharyi Division
   Toungoo = Taungoo
   Yenangyaung = Yaynangyoung

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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