- Mindon Min
King of Burma
Prince of Mindon
Reign 18 February 1853 – 1 October 1878 (25 years, 225 days) Coronation 6 July 1854 Predecessor Pagan Successor Thibaw Consort Shwepayagyi
62 queens in total
Issue 110 children including: Thibaw Full name Maung Lwin
House Konbaung Father Tharrawaddy Mother Me Nu, Queen of South Palace Born 8 July 1808
Died 1 October 1878(aged 70)
Burial Mandalay Palace Religion Theravada Buddhism
Mindon Min (Burmese: မင်းတုန်းမင်း, pronounced [mɪ́ɴdóuɴ mɪ́ɴ]; 8 July 1808 – 1 October 1878) was the penultimate king of Burma (Myanmar) from 1853 to 1878. He was one of the most popular and revered kings of Burma. Under his half brother King Pagan, the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852 ended with the annexation of Lower Burma by the British Empire. Mindon and his younger brother Kanaung overthrew their half brother King Pagan. He spent most of his reign trying to defend the upper portion of his country from British encroachments, and to modernize his kingdom.
King Mindon founded the last royal capital of Burma, Mandalay, in 1857. His young brother Kanaung proved to be a great administrator and modernizer. During Mindon's reign, scholars were sent to France, Italy, the United States, and Great Britain, in order to learn about the tremendous progress achieved by the Industrial Revolution.
Mindon introduced the first machine-struck coins to Burma, and in 1871 also held the Fifth Buddhist council in Mandalay. He had already created the world's largest book in 1868, the Tipitaka, 729 pages of the Buddhist Pali Canon inscribed in marble and each stone slab housed in a small stupa at the Kuthodaw Pagoda at the foot of Mandalay Hill.
In 1871 Mindon also donated a new htee ('umbrella' or crown gilded and encrusted with precious diamonds and other gems) to the 343-foot-tall (105 m) Shwedagon Pagoda, which is located in then British held Yangon, although he was not allowed to visit this most famous and venerated pagoda in the country.
His brother Kanaung is still remembered by the Burmese as an avid modernizer, who would go to the factories early on cold winter mornings with a blanket wrapped around, just to talk to the mechanics about how the machines ran. He was in charge of the Royal Army, as was customarily required of Burmese crown princes, and he imported and manufactured guns, cannons and shells.
During an unsuccessful palace rebellion on June 18, 1866 by Princes Myinkun and Myinkhondaing (sons of King Mindon, jealous for not being named successor, and backed by the British who were alarmed by Kanaung's modernization of the Burmese Royal Armies), the crown prince was assassinated. The two princes fled to British Burma, and were granted asylum by the British.
King Mindon himself got away in an extraordinary manner, which the Burmese regarded as a sign of his hpon (a sum of past good deeds that affect one's present life). He ran into the very person who was assigned to kill him and whom he recognised, but on encountering the king face to face, the man dropped his sword and dropped on his knees from force of habit. The king was then promptly offered a piggy-back ride by his would-be assassin and escaped towards the barracks of his loyal guards.
The rebellion caused Mindon great reluctance in naming a successor to Kanaung for fear of civil war.
One of his queens, Hsinbyumashin, dominated the last days of King Mindon. It was an edict by Hsinbyumashin that ordered almost all possible heirs to the throne be killed, so that her daughter Supayalat and son-in-law Thibaw would become queen and king. Close royals of all ages and both genders were mercilessly executed, after being tricked that the dying king wanted to bid them farewell.
Thibaw, Mindon's son from a lesser queen, succeeded him after his death in 1878. King Thibaw was defeated by the British in the Third Anglo-Burmese War in November 1885 resulting in total annexation of Burma.
Mindon MinBorn: 8 July 1808 Died: 1 October 1878
- The Largest Stone Buddha Image by Dr. Khin Maung Nyunt: 
Regnal titles Preceded by
King of Burma
18 February 1853 – 1 October 1878
Royal titles Preceded by Prince of Mindon Succeeded by Burmese monarchs Pagan Dynasty
Myinsaing and Pinya Kingdoms
1298–1364Athinhkaya2, Yazathingyan2 and Thihathu2 · Thihathu · Uzana I · Kyawswa I · Kyawswa II · Narathu · Uzana II
1287–1539, 1550–1552Wareru · Hkun Law · Saw O · Saw Zein · Zein Pun · Saw E · Binnya E Law · Binnya U · Razadarit · Binnya Dhammaraza · Binnya Ran I · Binnya Waru · Binnya Kyan · Leik Munhtaw · Shin Sawbu · Dhammazedi · Binnya Ran II · Takayutpi · Smim Sawhtut4 · Smim Htaw4
Mrauk U Kingdom
1430–1784Min Saw Mon · Min Khari · Ba Saw Phyu · Dawlya · Ba Saw Nyo · Ran Aung · Salin Gathu · Min Raza · Gazapati · Min Saw O · Thasata · Min Bin · Dikkha · Saw Hla · Min Sekkya · Min Phalaung · Min Razagyi · Min Khamaung · Thiri Thudhamma · Min Sani · Narapati · Thado · Sanda Thudhamma · Thiri Thuriya · Wara Dhammaraza · Muni Thudhammaraza · Sanda Thuriya I · Nawrahta Zaw · Mayuppiya · Kalamandat · Naradipati · Sanda Wimala I · Sanda Thuriya II · Sanda Wizaya · Sanda Thuriya III · Naradipati II · Narapawara · Sanda Wizala · Madarit · Naraapaya · Thirithu · Sanda Parama · Apaya · Sanda Thumana · Sanda Wimala II · Sanda Thaditha · Thamada
Restored Hanthawaddy Kingdom
1740–1757Smim Htaw Buddhaketi · Binnya Dala
1Mongol vassal (1297–1298) 2Co-Regents 3Confederation of Shan States (1527–1555) 4Brief revival (1550–1552) 5Vassal of Confederation of Shan States (1533–1542)
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