Loikaw (Kayah State)

pha-anLoikaw is the capital of Kayah State, an area of about 7,290 square kilometers, located at the southern part of Shan State and bordering with Thailand to the east. In Myanmar literature, the Kayah State is known as Ngwe Taung Pyay (the country with the silver mountain).

Loikaw situates on the elevation of about 1,200 meters and about 113 kilometer south of Kalaw, Shan State. Loikaw and surroundings are famous not only for its richness in culture but also for the existence of one of Myanmar’s largest hydro-power plants, Lawpita I and II, which have already passed their golden jubilee.

Padaung tribe, one of the most interesting tribes in Myanmar, resides near Loikaw. Padaung women are famous because of the wearing of brass and copper rings around their necks which they believe would make their necks like graceful swans.

The famous and beautiful Moebyae Dam, situated 29 kilometers north of Loikaw, on the Belu creek was constructed on 1971. The dam not only serves as a powerful water supply for hydro-power plants but also can irrigate about 20,000 acres of farmlands.


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