The city lies between Rangon and Meikhtila and 175 miles away from Rangon. It was founded by two brothers in 1280 who built a stockade round their village on the hill-spur taungoo, ferocious slave-raids from Karenni make the stucked necessity. There the city walls surrounded by the moat and the toddy palm groves (planted in 1368-77), where king Tabinshwehti is said to have enjoyed his relaxation.