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Kayah Tourism: Attractions For Cultural And Nature Tourism

7 December 2018

Kayah State has many ethnic groups, and its natural attractions with unspoiled natural scenery become great interest for tourists from local and abroad.

The Official from Kayah State Cultural Museum said that tourism in these days has been developed more compared to the previous years, along with the prevailing of peace and access of smooth transportation in the area.

The visitors to Kayah State can get more knowledge about the local ethnic tribes by visiting the museum, he added.

Assistant Director, Archaeological and National Museum Department (Loikaw), Nay Kyin said “We have 6 booths displayed at the museum. It includes traditional costumes, ornaments, instruments, utensils, and accessories of Saw Bwa or Chief. Some items have been collected with the contribution of local people, and we also buy for some items. A total of 709 items have been collected for the museum so far. We have displayed 632 items in the museum. 77 have been kept in the store. Local and foreign visitors to Loikaw never fail to visit the museum. They have a great interest to visit here. Most of the visitors are from Europe.”

Moreover, Community Based Tourism (CBT) has also offered at the ethnic villages by providing the fascinating culture of local people.

The visitors can learn about the village’s clans and ancestors with the help of a local guide.

Assistant Director, Archaeological and National Museum Department (Loikaw), Nay Kyin said “There are 9 tribes in Kayah nationals. Four of them are Kayan tribe. Their costumes, language and life style are different from one tribe to another although it looks similar. All Kayah tribes have dos and don’ts according to their customs.  It has separate customs for each occasion such as for agriculture purpose, construction, birthday celebration, wedding, donation, hunting, etc..”

People in Kayah State still preserve their traditions and way of life, and it becomes a great interest for tourists for cultural and nature tourism.