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Myitkyina, the capital city of Kachin State in Myanmar


Myitkyina is the capital city of Kachin state in Northern Myanmar and is home to Kachin, Lisu, Chinese, and Burmese. Kachin State in the northern part of Myanmar is the birthplace of Ayeyarwaddy River. The city Myitkyina is a high region on the bank of Ayeyarwaddy river. Kachin state is well-known for jade and gold and also for having the highest mountain in South East Asia, called Khakaborazi. Myitkyina is a small town and you can get anywhere in the city by trishaw or by walking. It is also a railway terminal city. It is very quiet especially on Sundays when the churches fill up. The famous places to visit in Myitkyina are Hsu Taung Pyae Zaydidaw, Myoma market, Kachin state cultural museum, Aungzay Yanaung Pagoda and Myit sone. The Kachin Manaw festival is also famous that takes place every January like a week-long festival.

Hsu Taung Pyae Zaydidaw

Hsu Taung Pyaw pagoda is the town’s most eye-catching religious building and sitting on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River. It is a wish full filling pagoda includes a golden pagoda and a huge standing and 98ft long reclining Buddhas. There is also a restaurant overlooking the river where local students hang out. If you are visiting this area it’s a great place to stop for something to eat and drink.

Myit sone or the source of Ayeyarwady

My sone is located 45 kilometres to the north of Myitkyina and you will find the birthplace of Ayeyarwaddy or confluence of MayKha and Malika rivers. These two together become mighty Ayerawaddy river, historically and culturally important for Myanmar. The water over here is crystal clear.

Kachin Manaw festival

The Kachin Manaw festival is a week-long festival that takes place in Myitkyina in January. The traditional Manaw poles are decorated in colourful Kachin motifs and are centred in the middle of the festival ground. Everybody will wear their best traditional costume and the main feature of the festival is a spiritual dance around the erected Manaw poles. Both male and female dancers take part in the Manaw dance.

Kachin State Culture Museum

Kachin State Cultural Museum is situated in Myitkyina and displays of historical photographs, antiques, silverware, and handicrafts from the various indigenous groups of Kachin State. The Kachin State Cultural Museum was opened in 1994. The admission fees are 2 US $ and opening hours are from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

Aung Zay Ya Naung Pagoda

Aungzay Yannaung pagoda is Buddhist Temple in Myitkyina and is noteworthy for its arcing ranks of about 1000 little buddhas sitting in the grounds.

Myo Ma Market

The streets surrounding it come alive for the night market. This is a lively place to come after about 4 pm when the stalls set up, complete with Shan hotpots, steaming noodles, smoking barbecues and bubbling curries. Locals come here to dine on the way home or pick up a takeaway.

Myitkyina is not only a beautiful town but also a busy town with the main business centre of Kachin State.