Site Guide: Kyauk Ka Latt, Hpa-An Area, Karen State, Myanmar

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Kyauk Ka Latt Pagoda, Hpa An

Site Name: Kyauk Ka Latt
Area: Hpa-An area, Karen State

Site Description:

Kyauk Ka Latt is generally they image people get in mind when they think of Hpa-An, though it is a good 20 minute drive from the town.

An impressive rock pagoda perched in the middle of a lake, this site is peaceful and picturesque.

The monastery on site provides free lunch daily to anyone who wants to partake.

Travel Advice:

Hpa-An is well set up for tourists so if you’re staying there you’ll have no trouble getting on a tour to this site. If you’re in Mawlamyine you have a few options:

1. Boat to Hpa-An and get on a tour from there. Elegant Myanmar run boats for $12 a seat or you can charter an entire boat for 140,000 kyat through Thiri Hanthar. Both run tours in the area also.

2. Hire a car and driver. Make a day trip of it to be more cost effective – I suggest King’s Cave, Sa-Dan Cave and Kawgoon Cave also.

3. Hire a scooter and drive yourself. Be aware that even though the hire place might not ask for it, you do need to have a licence to ride a scooter in Myanmar. Hpa-An is the only region in Karen State that foreigners are permitted to go, so if you choose to self drive, make sure that you don’t deviate from your path. GPS coordinates are 16.817120, 97.640312.

Be Aware:

This is a religious site and guests are expected to behave accordingly. This means covered shoulders, knees and cleavage, removing your shoes and overall behaving in a respectful manner. Note that you should never show the soles of your feet to a Buddha statue, should never touch someone on the head and should absolutely never touch a monk’s robes.

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Preparing free lunch at the monastery attached to Kyauk Ka Latt Pagoda

Posted from Hpa-An, Kayin, Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

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