Mahabandula Garden



Mahabandula Garden

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Facing the City Hall is a small park named after the hero of the First Anglo-Burmese War, General Mahabandula, who masterminded a valiant, but  ultimately unsuccessful, resist- ance to the British invasion of  1824. The defense ended after the general was killed by a mortar shell while parading around the front line dressed in full regalia under a gilded parasol to boost the morale of his men. The obelisk at the center of the park is a memorial to those who died in Burma’s 20th-century independence struggle. Early morning is the best time to visit, when the neatly cropped, flower-lined lawns are sprinkled with serene Tai Chi practitioners.

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