July 25, 2009
Some Data of Dala
Its population is over 128,000 in 2007. The urban population is over 85,000 and the rural is over 43,000.
Dala is formed with 23 quarters, 53 villages (23 village groups).
Most of the people are Buddhist and there are over 100,000 Buddhists. The others are Hindu, Islamist and Christians.
Dala is situated between the north latitude 16 degree 20 minute and east longitude 96 degree 16 minute. It is about 5 furlong away from the south of Yangon. Dala is a town of southern district of Yangon Division, situating 20 feet above the sea level.
Dala’s area is 86.51 sq miles. By acre, its land has totally 55368 acres.
Dala’s border line
East – The mouth of Yangon River
West – Ton Tay Township
South – Kaw Hmu Township
North – Yangon River
Its weather is not too hot or too cold. It has fair and nice weather. The hottest month of the year is about 40 degree centigrade. The coldest month is January and the temperature is 32 degree centigrade. The average temperature in the whole year is 35.33 degree centigrade.
The land of Dala is just a plain type and it has not hill, mountain, cliff etc.
Dala was formed long long ago by Mons, one of the Myanmar ethnics. It was famous as a Mon City State of Suwonnabon Nation from AD first century till the end of AD 9th century. And also it was mainly well known during the 36 year war between Innwa and Hantharwaddy from AD 1386 to 1422. Dala was governed alternatively by the Myanmar and Mon Counts. But it was one of the war fields where Myanmar Knights and Mon Knights were confronting. During Bagan era, Dala was called “ Tala” and that “ Tala” was named “Ton Talai” by Mon language. According to the records, “Ton Talai” means “The town of Knights”.
Ton = Town
Talai = Knight
Ton Talai = Town of Knights
And then “Talai” was changed to “Tala” and after that “Tala” became “ Dala” which is currently used as the name of the town.