Taukkyan War Cemetery Description:
The Taukkyan War Cemetery is the largest of Myanmar’s war cemeteries.
Built in 1951 to commemorate the Allied soldiers who died fighting in the country during World War II, the cemetery contains the graves of more than 6,000 soldiers who died fighting on Myanmar’s soul during World War II.
There are several monuments on the grounds dedicated to those soldiers.
The Rangoon Memorial is a series of pillars with the names of recipients of the Victoria Cross (Britain’s highest military decoration). The phrase “They died for all free men,” is inscribed on the monument in English, Urdu, Hindi, Gurmukhi, and Burmese. The memorial commemorates the 27,000 war dead who have no known gravesite.
The Taukkyan Cremation Memorial is a wall with a plaque listing the names of 1,000 men who were cremated according to their religious beliefs after their deaths in World War II. The Taukkyan Memorial is dedicated to the 49 servicemen whose graves could not be recovered after the war. It’s marked by the inscription “Their name liveth for evermore.”
Best Time to Visit Taukkyan War Cemetery:
Myanmar’s best weather falls in the temperate months between November and May. The wet season, from June to October, alleviates the high summer temperatures and revives the countryside after the dry season.
How to get to Taukkyan War Cemetery:
The Taukkyan War Cemetery provides a window into the conflict that the modern state of Myanmar emerged from after World War II. The perspective our guests gain helps shape their understanding of modern Myanmar.
Taukkyan War Cemetery Highlights:
The Taukkyan War Cemetery is about 10 miles north from Yangon. Its best reached via private vehicle while on a luxury tour of Myanmar.
It’s best to dress modestly while visiting the cemetery out of respect for the dead.