Things to do in Loikaw

Taung Kwe Pagoda

The main religious landmark in Loikaw, a collection of white and gold stupas perched on a limestone crag from which visitors can enjoy excellent views of the town and the surrounding countryside.

Kayah State Cultural Museum gives some detail on the tribes of Kayah State, as well as their varying traditional dresses and weaponry: perhaps its most interesting feature is the central totem pole that is also a major feature of many of Kayah villages, an animist tradition pre-dating Buddhism or Christianity.

 

 

Thiri Mingalarpon Kyaung

A monastery founded in 1912 and serving as a palace for Kayah princes –known as Sao Pha, or until 1959. Following the death of the last Sao Pha in 1987, the decaying structure was donated to a local Buddhist organization for repair and upkeep.

Christ the King Church –  Kayah State’s oldest church was built by Roman Catholic missionaries in 1939, and is equipped with a bell brought over from Italy. Mass is still held there in Myanmar, English, Kayan and Latin languages, but in a newer, bigger building adjacent to the original church.

 

 

Naung Yah lake

It is a great place to go for a walk and enjoy tasty local food in the evening market.