Pye Min

King of Burma
Prince of Pye
Reign 3 June 1661 – 14 April 1672
Coronation 7 September 1661
Wednesday, Full moon of Tawthalin 1023 ME[1]
Predecessor Pindale
Successor Narawara
Born 26 May 1619
Sunday, 14th waxing of Nayon 981 ME[2]
Died 14 April 1672(1672-04-14) (aged 52)
Thursday, 2nd waning of Tagu 1034 ME[3]
Ava (Inwa)
Burial 15 April 1672
Inwa Palace
Consort Khin Ma Latt[4]
Issue 6 sons and 8 daughters including:[3]
Full name
Maha Pawara Dhamma Yaza Lawka Dipadi
House Toungoo
Father Thalun
Mother Khin Myat Hset of Pinya[2]
Religion Theravada Buddhism

Pye Min (Burmese: ပြည်မင်း, pronounced: [pjé mɪ́ɴ]; 26 May 1619 – 14 April 1672) was king of Toungoo dynasty from 1661 to 1672. Pye Min was a son of King Thalun. During the reign of his brother Pindale, the Prince of Pyay (Prome) led the Burmese resistance against Southern Ming and Qing incursions.

King Pindale, however, lost his popularity and Pye was urged to take the throne. Pye staged a coup in 1661, overthrowing Pindale and crowning himself King of Ava.[5]:220–223

Pye was determined to reduce the power of Yongli Emperor of Southern Ming at Sagaing and held a conference of Chinese officials. Yongli suspected this as an assassination trick and instead ordered his armies to clash with the Burmese. However, the Chinese were largely decimated. In 1662, the Qing armies invaded Burma and Pye Min decided to leave the last Ming Emperor to the Qing. Yongli Emperor was carried out of Burma.

There was a Mon rebellion around Martaban in 1661 and in 1662 Lan Na was invaded by the Siamese armies under King Narai who held the city temporarily. The rest of his reign were largely uneventful and Pye Min died in 1672, succeeded by his son Narawara.

Early life

The future king was born to King Thalun and a minor queen Khin Myat Hset of Pinya on 26 May 1619.[2] The young prince received the title of Minye Kyawkhaung. He was appointed governor of Prome (Pyay or Pye) on 13 September 1650 (Tuesday, 4th waning of Tawthalin 1012 ME) by King Pindale.[6]


  1. Hmannan Vol. 3 2003: 270
  2. 1 2 3 Maha Yazawin Vol. 3 2006: 212
  3. 1 2 Hmannan, Vol. 3 2003: 285–287
  4. Hmannan Vol. 3 2003: 250
  5. Rajanubhab, D., 2001, Our Wars With the Burmese, Bangkok: White Lotus Co. Ltd., ISBN 9747534584
  6. Maha Yazawin 2006: 215


Pye Min
Born: 26 May 1619 Died: 14 April 1672
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Burma
3 June 1661 – 14 April 1672
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Udein Kyawhtin
as Governor of Prome
Viceroy of Prome
13 September 1650 – 3 June 1661
Succeeded by
Minye Zeya Thura
as Mayor of Prome

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