Defence Services Compound

   Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence and the Tatmadaw, located in central Rangoon (Yangon). It is an extensive area, bounded on the east by Zoological Garden Road and on the west by Shwe Dagon Pagoda Road, just north of the city center. Since the disturbances of 1988, it has been fortified by a red brick wall and blockhouses with gun slits, as well as a barbed wire fence. Closed to the public, the compound reportedly contains not only Ministry of Defence offices but also an artificial lake, club house, and 18-hole golf course. However, some headquarters functions have been transferred in recent years to a new Tatmadaw complex at Eight Mile Junction, north of Inya Lake.
   See also Pyinmana.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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