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A short biography of

Bo Gyoke Aung San

He was the youngest of the nine siblings and his horoscopic name is Hteinlin. But his name was changed into Aung San, according to his elder brother's name, Aung Than.

Aung San


Birthplace and Education

Born as Htenilin, Bogyoke Aung San grew up in a small village in Natmauk. His education started at the local monastery. Following the footsteps of his brother, he attended the National School in Yenanchaung, to which he has shown great academic talent. He eventually joined the Yangon University in 1932 and here his leadership skills shown brightly. He led student organisations and demonstrations asking for equality. This made him the highlight of local newspapers.

Portrait of the Rangoon University Student Union in 1936


Aung San’s political work during his college days proved to be too much for the government of the day as a warrant of arrest was issued for him. But Aung San was slippery like an eel and was able to disappear and go underground before the authorities were able to get a hold of him. Wanting for independence for his country, Bogyoke Aung San sought the help of the Japanese to get rid of the British in Myanmar.

He sneaked out of the country and collaborated with Japanese government agents. This became the beginning of the 30 Comrades. Upon successfully training with the Japanese outside of Burma, it was time for Aung San and his comrades to return to liberate the country. With the help of the Japanese, Aung San and his 30 comrades paved way for the Japanese Occuppation, only to realize their mistake of ousting one colonialist with another. The Japanese were ruthless and Aung San saw that his country would not be free with the Japanese ruling over them.

Later Political Work

Aung San went underground again, only this time to reach out to the British and form an alliance to remove and the end the Japanese Occupation. With the closing of the Second World War, Aung San came to task of rebuilding the country together with the British. Bogyoke Aung San’s hardwork and dedication was rewarded when he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the new executive Council tasked at forming a new government with the British leaving Myanmar for good.


With the AFPFL gaining support throughout the country and among the other ethnic groups of Burma, forming a Union was at the heart of Bogyoke Aung San’s plans for a modern country. Bogyoke Aung San, together with his brother and his cabinet ministers, was martyred on 19 July after assassins were sent to gun down the young leader.

Portrait of the 1936 Oway magazine's editiorial commitee

Quick Fact

  • Name - Aung San
  • Occupation - Burmese Politician, Major General
  • Birth Date - February 13, 1915
  • Death Date - July 19, 1947
  • Place of Birth - Magwe, Myanmar
  • Place of Death - Yangon, Myanmar
  • Resting Place - Martyrs' Mausoleum, Yangon

Bogyoke Aung San


Dee Dok U Ba Cho

Minister of Information

Mahn Ba Khaing

Minister of Industry and labor

U Ba Win

Minister of Trade

Thakin Mya

Minister Without Portfolio

Abdul Razak

Minister of Education and National Planning

Mai Pun Saw Bwar Sao San Htun

Minister of Hills Regions

U Ohn Maung

Secretary of State Transport

Ye Baw Ko Htwe

Razak's bodyguard