Kayin State Cultural Museum

Kayin State Cultural Museum

A well-kept secret

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The Kayin State Cultural Museum, housed in an impressive building on Zwegabin Street, is such a well-kept secret they haven’t yet seen fit to put an English sign outside.
Travelfish says:

Furthermore since the management had decided to take a full two weeks off for Burmese New Year, when we made our last visit to Hpa-an in 2016, we weren’t able to verify the contents even once we’d confirmed the museum’s location. However it is in theory a museum open to the public and displaying, as the name suggests, various aspects of Kayin, or Karen, culture. Rumour has it that exhibits include traditional costumes, handicrafts and information on Karen history and traditional life.

The two-storey white building is next to the elaborate new city hall opposite Kan Thar Yar Lake’s duck boat hire. If you’re wandering around the lake then you could pop your head in and see what’s going on. Going by the size of the building the displays could be extensive.

Contact details for Kayin State Cultural Museum

Address: Zwegabin St, Hpa-an
Coordinates (for GPS): 97º37'50.85" E, 16º52'48.89" N
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Admission: 2,000 kyat

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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