Pegu (Bago) Yoma

   A narrow range of hills or low-lying mountains (yoma means "mountain range" in the Burmese [Myanmar] language) that runs north to south from Mount Popa near Myingyan in Mandalay Division to Singuttara (Theingottara) Hill, where the Shwe Dagon Pagoda is located in Rangoon (Yangon). The average elevation is between 475 meters (1,500 feet) and 610 meters (2,000 feet), and its highest elevated point, Sinhna-maung Taung, is 821 meters (2,694 feet). Though not one of Burma's highest mountain ranges, the Pegu Yoma's terrain is difficult to traverse and (in the past, at least) densely forested, making it an ideal base for insurgencies. In December 1931, the Saya San (Hsaya San) Rebellion against the British began on Alantaung ("Flag Hill") in the Pegu Yoma near Tharrawaddy, and after independence the mainstream Communist Party of Burma established "liberated areas" in the mountain range, which the Tatmadaw could not entirely suppress until the mid-1970s.
   See also Arakan Yoma.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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