Three Pagodas Pass

   Known as Payathonzu in the Burmese (Myanmar) language, Three Pagodas Pass is a historically important trade and invasion route that links Burma's Karen (Kayin) State and Thailand's border town of Sangklaburi. Before 1988 the settlement at Three Pagodas Pass, controlled by the Karen National Union (KNU) and the New Mon State Party (MNSP), was a profitable "toll gate," where taxes were levied by the insurgents on cross-border and black market trade, including the export of teak from Burma. However, on July 23, 1988, disputes between the KNU and the NMSP over revenues erupted into full-scale fighting, with casualties on both sides. Although a truce between the two groups was negotiated, the Tatmadaw seized control of Three Pagodas Pass in early 1990 and now operates a trading post and sawmills there.
   See also Mae Sot-Myawaddy; Thailand and Burma.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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