Welcome to Loikaw, the capital city of Kayah State in Myanmar. This charming city is located in the Karen Hills area and is known for its beautiful landscapes and the Pilu River. Loikaw is home to the Kayah (Karenni) people, who add to the city’s unique culture and traditions. Read on to discover the history, demographics, climate, transportation, education, healthcare, and attractions of Loikaw.

Loikaw was once the Headquarters of the Political Officer in Charge of the Karenni States, part of the Princely States of British Burma, during British rule in Burma in 1922. The town was located in the only flat part of the Karenni area. Later, Loikaw became the headquarters of the American Baptist Mission to Hill Karens. The town has seen a lot of conflict since Myanmar gained its independence, and even more so since the 2021 coup.

The 2014 Myanmar Census reported that Loikaw had a population of 51,349, constituting 40.0% of Loikaw Township’s total population. The inhabitants are mostly the Kayah (Karenni) people.

Loikaw has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen Aw) bordering on a humid subtropical climate (Cwa).

Air – Loikaw is linked to Yangon and Mandalay by air.
Rail – Loikaw is linked by the newly constructed Aungpan-Pinlaung-Loikaw rail line.
Buses – There are express buses from Loikaw to Yangon, Mandalay, and other towns.

The town is home to Loikaw University, Technological University, Loikaw, Computer University, Loikaw, and Loikaw Education College.

Loikaw General Hospital serves not only locals in the state but also those in the southern part of neighboring Shan State. The existing buildings of the hospital were built in 1964. Due to the increased demand, two new two-storey buildings were constructed with 1.945 billion yen funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

– Lawpita Hydropower Plants: Myanmar’s largest hydropower plant built by the Japanese as war reparation is located about 20 km (12 mi) east of Loikaw at Lawpita Falls.
– Kayah State Cultural Museum: This museum showcases the culture and traditions of the Kayah people, including traditional clothing, musical instruments, and crafts.
– Taung Kwe Pagoda: This pagoda is located on a limestone outcrop and offers stunning views of the city and surrounding hills.
– Demoso Market: This bustling market is a great place to experience local life and purchase traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.
– Htee Pwint Kan: This natural hot spring is located about 45 minutes outside of Loikaw and is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Whether you are interested in history, culture, or natural beauty, Loikaw has something for everyone. Come and experience the unique charm of this hidden gem in Myanmar.

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