Loikaw, the capital of Kayah state
Kayah State is situated at the eastern part of Myanmar. The capital Loikaw situated 945 meter above sea level is surrounded by mountain ranges . The Kayaw, Kayan Padaung, Yinnbaw, Gaykhoe, GayBar and ManuManaw have been residing together with Barmar, Shan, Pa-O and Inntha national races.earth of Kayah State has been emerged as a mass of ground from under the sea level since 280 million years ago. Kayah national tribes such as Kayah,
On Loikaw Market days, there are bustling and swarming alive with buyers and dealers from the villages of its vicinity since its early morning. Taung Kawe` Zedi is the most significant one. We can view clearly the scene of Loikaw from this mountain. It’s rocky protrusion on the plain and the location of Taung Kawe` Zedi is significant as Loikaw is a plain region surrounded by mountain ranges. According to geological survey, the rock layers of Kayah State are old-aged and it is located in a region of compact rock layer. Another prominent pagoda of Loikaw is Myo Nan Zedi surrounded by Banyan and star-flower trees is sublime and glorious with the arts of Myanma handicrafts. It was built about 140 years ago. Most Kayan Padaung nationals who are famous for their bronze rings live in Pampet village situated in Kayah State. Padaung woman when they come of age, wear bronze rings around the neck. To observe traditional culture of Kayah ethnic groups in detail you can observe at Kayah Cultural Museum, where various kinds of frog-drums ,big and small of gongs, short and long drums and bamboo lute, traditional costumes, utensils, paintings and sculpture of Kayah national races are also displayed. Rice offering ceremonies of the local people held on the Tabaung Festival days in March annually are fully alive with a teeming crowd. To offer rice to monks, nationals who reside in far-flung areas of the State come here intentionally.