Thursday, September 29, 2016

Kayin State

Mt. Zwekabin and Thanlwin (Salween) River

The Kayin State is mountainous region renowned for its limestone caves and beautiful scenery. The capital city is Hpa-An, approximately 270km from Yangon. It is easily accessible and a six hour drive from Yangon buses depart daily. It is also possible to access Hpa-An by road from kyaikhtiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock Pagoda).

It is a two storey building that displayed Kayin cultural and history and located near Kan Thar Yar Lake. In Museum, there has exhibits about the history of Kayin ethnic group, Kayin literature, culture and kayin musical instruments.

Mr. Zwekabin is located 11 km south of Hpa-An near Ka Lawk Nose village. It is a key landmark of Kayin State and its peak is 723 m above sea level. It is a three hour hike to the summit where one can enjoy breathtaking views of Hpa-An and the surrounding areas.

Bayinnyi cave is situated 19 km from Hpa-An. The cave is approximately 20 meters in length and has an ancient pagoda with many Buddha statues inside. On the hillside of the cave there is a natural hot and cold spring.

Kawgoon is a natural limestone cave and is located 35meter above sea level on the western bank of Thanlwin River in Hpa-An. It is famous for its Mon cultural style clay Buddha images and terracotta votive tablets in its interior walls. This cave dates back to the later Bagan period (13th century AD). This can be seen in the carved statues, sandstone Buddhist statues, the mural paintings and the ink and carved Mon inscriptions.

Sadan Cave is situated in the southern part of Zwekabin mountain range. It is approximately 32km south of Hpa-An . The cave is 107meters in length and 40meters in width with the entrance being the widest part of the cave. Natural stones, rocks, stalactites and stalagmites can be found in the cave.

Myawaddy is one of the Thai-Myanmar Border gateways. It is the link from Myanmar to Maesot in Thailand via Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge which passes over the Thaungyin River (Moei River). Myawaddy is also located on the ASEAN-India Highway Road. The area has been developed for tourism and cross-border trade with Thailand and many tourists use this as a gateway.
Myanmar-Thai Border Gate @ Myawaddy Township
Historic Kawgoon Cave
Kyaukkalat Pagoda
Fisherman @ the Sadan Cave
Kayaking between the paddy fields
Inside the Sadan Cave
Historic monument at the Kawgoon Cave
The view of Thanlwin (or) Salween River from Shwe Yin Myaw Pagoda, Hpa-An

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