Rangoon University

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  • Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint has written a series of articles about his father U Kyaw Myint and his siblings.
    I have re-posted them in my web site hlamin.com
  • U Kyaw Myint matriculated from “Government High School”.
    His elder brother attended St. Paul’s.
  • U Kyaw Myint also helped with the education of his siblings : U Myint Thein, Daw Khin Myint Mu, Daw Khin Saw Mu and Daw Tin Saw Mu.
  • Naymyo Thura (RUBC) is the son of U Win Kyi and hence the grandson of Ms Hong Kong (Amelia Kyi, SPHS).
  • His mother taught at SPHS. He said that he would like to save the SPHS photos.

Ms Hong Kong

  • Ms. Amelia Kyi was known as “Miss Hong Kong” not because she was a Beauty Queen
  • She was from Hong Kong.
  • She married the maternal uncle of Dr. Tin Wa and came to Burma.
  • She taught English at St. Paul’s High School.
  • She also gave private tuition to her relatives (e.g. Diana Tseng) and neighbors.
  • She was our English teacher in Standards VI (D) and VII(D) at St. Paul’s High School.
  • She used “the Carrot and the Stick”.
  • She would give weekly tests and fine fifty pyas for those who failed, and reward fifty pyas for those who excelled in the tests.
  • My daily pocket money was twenty five pyas, so I had no choice but to study hard.
  • She had three sons.
    The eldest became a monk.
    U Win Kyi was RUBC Gold. He worked for Sports and Physical Education Department).
    U Min Kyi was RUBC Green. He was a pilot for UBA/BAC.
    As a Char Taik, I saw U Win Kyi and U Min Kyi at RUBC. They were contemporaries of my brother and cousins.
  • At the 2019 RUBC Annual Regatta, I met Naymyo Thura.
    He is RUBC Gold.
    He is the son of U Win Kyi and grandson of Ms Hong Kong.
    His mother taught at SPHS.
    He said that he would like to save the SPHS photos.


  • A solar calendar is based on the orbit of the earth around the sun.
    Typically, it takes 365.2422 solar days to complete the orbit.
  • A leap year attempts to adjust the calendar by adding an extra day every four years.
  • A lunar calendar is based on the orbit of the moon around the earth.
    Typically, it takes 29.6 days to complete a cycle.
  • A luni-solar calendar is a “hybrid” calendar that uses “lunar” month and “solar” year.
  • The Burmese use a Luni-Solar-Socio-Religious Calendar.
    It is used for social and religious events.
  • There are 12 lunar months with a total of 355 days in a Common Burmese Year.
  • There is a difference of 10 days with a Common Year in the Gregorian Calendar.
  • An inter-calary month named “Second Waso” is usually added every three years to sync again with the Solar Calendar.
    It is known as “Wah Htutt”.
    If needed, an additional day is added in “Wah Gyi Htutt”.
  • Some other Luni-Solar Calendars (e.g. used by the Chinese) also have 12 months in a year and an extra month in the year in which the Lunar and Solar Calendars are synchronized.
  • The “Chinese” New Year may therefore occur in late January or early February.

October and Thadinkyut

  • “Oct” stands for Eight.
    October was the eighth month in the old Roman Calendar.
  • In the Gregorian Calendar, October is the tenth month.

In the old Roman Calendar, September, October, November and December were the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th months (as indicated by the prefixes). In the Gregorian Calendar, they are 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th months of the year.

  • The Thadinkyut Festival often falls in October.
  • The Phaungdaw-u festival in Inlay Lake is held around the Full Moon of Thadinkyut. I wrote a poem “Phaungdaw-u Festival” for the Thadinkyut Supplement.
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  • Four events related to Thadinkyut :
    Thadinkyut Lightning Festival
    Abhidhamma Day
    Pa Wa Ya Na (Monks ask for forgiveness of unintentional wrong doing)
    Soon San Sein Laung Pway (Mass offering of requisites to the monks)


Dr. Kyaw Thet

  • Studied in UK
  • Taught in Burma and as Visiting Professor in the USA
  • Spouse : Daw Khin Khin Kyi taught History at Rangoon University and a US College
  • Children :
    Lyn Maung Thet (GBNF)
    Dr. Khin Nyo Thet (MEHS63)
    Dr. Lyn Aung Thet (MEHS64)
    Khin Aye Thet
  • Dr. Khin Nyo Thet and spouse Dr. Lyn Swe Aye established the “Aye-Thet Scholarship” in Khin Aye Thet’e memory.
    Prizes are awarded to successful participants at the Summer Dhamma Camp at Dhammananda Vihara, Half Moon Bay.
    Sponsors from Theravada Buddhist Society of America (TBSA) and donors also helped run the Camp.
  • Dr, Lyn Aung Thet and Dr. Cherry Hlaing were tied for the highest marks in the Matriculation examination of 1964.
    Dr. Cherry Hlaing won the tie breaker with a perfect ILA score.
    Both were selected Tekkatho Lu Ye Chun from IM(1).
    Dr. Lyn Aung Thet led the Institute of Medicine (1) Swimming and Water Polo team (which won Inter-Institute Trophy).
    He is also good at Tennis and Chess.

U Ba Nyunt

  • “Known for his song Chit Dukkha”
  • History Professor
  • Children
    Win Nyunt
    Win Oo
    Aung Moe
    Kyi Shwin

Bohmu Ba Shin

  • Bohmu (later Colonel) Ba Shin
  • Head of the Burma Historical Commission
  • Spouse : Sayama
  • Children
    Dr. Nyan Htain (Texas)
    Daughter (Australia)

Dr. Than Tun

  • Professor of History at the University of Rangoon
  • Visiting Professor in Japan and Northern Illinois University (NIU)
  • Was a vocal critic of sayas being asked to do “extra” work not related to sudies and research
  • First met Saya as a Char Taik.
    My uncle Saya U Than Lwin (GBNF) introduced him at the Recreation Center.
  • His son-in-law attended classes at UCC.
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Dr. Than Tun

Dr. Khin Maung Nyunt

  • Dr. Khin Maung Nyunt wanted to be a diplomat. While waiting to sit for the examinations, he joined the History Department. The professor (Head of the Department) asked him — with full confidence — to be a relieving saya for him. The rest is history.
  • Even after retirement as Director General, he continued teaching …
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