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Since the 13th century, Kengtung has been the largest City in Shan State with an area of 1200 square miles, and remains so at present in the eastern Shan State of Myanmar. Lying between two famous rivers, the Mekhong and the Salween, Kengtung is a series of mountain ranges running north and south, and of an average height of 5000 feet, with peaks rising to above 7000.Close to Thailand and China, Kengtung has many relationships to those countries.
The princes of Kengtung were pious Buddhists;the Tai of Kengtung have developed a culture of their own distinct from their Tai relatives elsewhere. They came to be known as Tai-Khun or Khun (after the river Khun situated outside the city), and culturally shared many common features with Sibsongpanna and Lanna.Tai-Khuns or Gon Shans are descendants from the yellow complexioned tribes. Tai-Khuns are also related not only to the Tai Lon, Tai Lue, Tai Noi, and Tai Loi that settled in Myanmar territory but also to the Lanna Shan, Tai Noi or Thais in Thailand and Laotians in Lao.

  • Last visit to Kengtung: Nov 2004
  • Intro Written May 23, 2008
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