Kengtung (Shan: ၵဵင်းတုင်; Burmese: ကျိုင်းတုံမြို့; MLCTS: kyuing: tum mrui., pronounced [tɕáɪɴtòʊɴ mjo̰]; Thai: เชียงตุง, RTGS: Chiang Tung, pronounced [t͡ɕʰīa̯ŋ tūŋ]; also spelled Kyaingtong, Chiang Tung, Cheingtung, and Kengtong) is a town in Shan State, Myanmar (formerly Burma). It is the principal town of Kengtung Township. Kengtung is located on the National Highway 4 (NH4) and at the AH2 and AH3 of the Asian Highway.
|• Total||3,506 km2 (1,354 sq mi)|
|• Density||48.955/km2 (126.79/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+6.30 (MMT)|
The early history of Kengtung is made up of myths and legends. The oral tradition of the Wa people says that the ancient city of Kengtung was founded in the distant past by them as the original inhabitants of the region, and was later reestablished by the grandson of King Mangrai after defeating the Wa. This migration of the Chiang Mai dynasty in the 13th century, with the founding a new kingdom which was later named Lanna, has resulted in Kengtung having a different type of Tai population from the rest of the Shan State, the Tai Khün.
The city was occupied by the Thai Phayap Army from 1942 until the end of the Second World War and became the headquarters of the Saharat Thai Doem territory.Now, the headquarters of the regional military command of the Tatmadaw is in the town.
Kengtung contains several lakes. The largest, Naung Tung Lake, lies in the western part of the city, followed by Naung Kham Lake and Naung Yarng Lake to the south of the Kentung Roman Catholic Mission.
The town is served by Kengtung Airport.
Kengtung has a tropical wet and dry/ savanna climate (Köppen-Geiger classification: Aw) with a pronounced dry season in the low-sun months, no cold season, wet season is in the high-sun months. Temperatures are very warm throughout the year, although the winter months (December–February) are milder and nights can be quite cool. There is a winter dry season (December–April) and a summer wet season (May–November).
|Climate data for Kengtung (1981-2010)|
|Average high °C (°F)||27.2
|Average low °C (°F)||10.0
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||3.2
|Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute|
- Kyaing Tong University
- Computer University (Kyaing Tong)
- Technological University, Kyaingtong
- Kyaing Tong General Hospital
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- Sao Sāimöng Mangrāi, The Pādaeng Chronicle and the Kengtung State Chronicle Translated. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1981
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- The Happy City, a 1959 film on a remote leper colony run by Father Cesare Columbo in Kengtung, Shan State
- pictures from Kengtung
- Myanmar City Population
- M. Fiskesjo, On the Ethnoarchaeology of Fortified Settlements in the Northern part of Mainland Southeast Asia
- Shan and Karenni States of Burma
- Donald M. Seekins, Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar), p. 251
- Myanmar Climate Report (PDF). Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Retrieved 20 October 2018.