This state is situated at the South Eastern part of Myanmar. There are not only many pagodas and caves to visit but also the mountains like Zwekapin Mountain, etc, to trek. Besides, various kinds of Kayin races can be seen in the villages and you can take part yourself in the Kayin New Year Festival happily. Kayin “Don” dance is very popular, as it is a very lively and joyful dance. Therefore, Kayin State is one of the appropriate regions for trekking and culture.
Capital - Hpa–An
Languages - Kayin, Myanmar
Industries - Agriculture
Bwe (Than Daung)
Kaw-goon and Pha-gat cave pagoda
Archeological & Culture – Pagodas, Monasteries, “Spirit” Worship Culture
Trekking Sites – Than Daung Trekking
Art & Craft – Weaving and Traditional house whole ware products
Ethnic – Many colorful and interested Native People, round about 12 clans
Special Activities – Than Lwin River Expedition
Hpa – An
The capital of Kayin State and the principal crops cultivated are paddy, peanut, sesames, tobacco, betel nut, sugarcane and rubber. Its natural resources include iron, lead, copper, tin and tungsten. Pyinkado and a variety of other woods are valuable produce of the area. The picturesque capital is set amid broad lakes, lush islands, soaring limestone crags and mountain ranges receding into the distance.
Mt.Zwekabin is one of the most sacred mountains in the country and there is a pagoda that sits atop it. At the base of the mountain are 1,080 Buddha images that are hand- carved into the rock. To get to the top it will take 2 hours, hiking up a massive stairway, but of course the view from on top is rewarding as you will be greeted with unobstructed views of the surrounding area. There is a monkey feeding event every day around 11am and the compound will provide a lunch service for those who arrive before noon. It is said that encased in the pagoda is a strand of Buddha’s hair.
Bwe (Than Daung)
Bwe people, who are one of the important sub- groups of the Kayin. In visiting Than Daung, the best way is to take a car from Taungoo and drive up the 27 miles of undulating road. There are 42 villages occupied by the Bwe tribe. Bwe women wear black- sleeve jackets trimmed all over with beads and black skirts with white stripe across the middle. Men wear short tunics, either with longyi of Shan type of trousers. They use the written language of the Sgaw as they do not have their own. So the environment is tranquil. Only the calls of the numerous birds and wild animals can be heard.