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Coordinates: 17°0′N 97°45′E / 17°N 97.75°E / 17; 97.75

Kayin State

(MLCTS: ka.yang pranynai)

Capital Pa-an
Region South
Area 30,383 km²
Population 1,431,377
Ethnicities Kayin, Padaung, Bamar, Shan, Pa-O, Mon, Rakhine, Burmese-Thai
Religions Buddhism, Christianity, animism

Kayin State (Burmese: ကရင်ပြည်နယ်; also Karen State) is a state of Myanmar. The capital city is Pa-an.




There are three districts, seven townships and 4092 villages. Kayin State has also one city and nine towns.

Three districts are

Seven townships are

Hpa-an is one city and nine towns are


Kayin State is served by Hpapun airport and Hpa-An airport.


   * Computer University, Hpa-An
   * Hpa-An Education College
   * Hpa-An University
   * Technological University, Hpa-An

Educational opportunities in Myanmar are extremely limited outside the main cities of Yangon and Mandalay. It is especially a problem in Kayin State where constant fighting between the government and insurgents for over 60 years has produced thousands of refugees and internally displaced people. According to official statistics, less than 10% of primary school students in Kayin State reach high school.[1] All the institutions of higher education are located in Hpa-An.

AY 2002-2003 Primary Middle High
Schools 1139 78 31
Teachers 3400 1200 400
Students 148,000 47,000 12,000

Health care

The general state of health care in Myanmar is poor. The military government spends anywhere from 0.5% to 3% of the country's GDP on health care, consistently ranking among the lowest in the world.[2][3] Although health care is nominally free, in reality, patients have to pay for medicine and treatment, even in public clinics and hospitals. Public hospitals lack many of the basic facilities and equipment.

In general, the health care infrastructure outside of Yangon and Mandalay is extremely poor but is especially worse in conflict ridden areas like Kayin State. The public health care system in the state is almost non-existent. The entire Kayin State has fewer hospital beds than the Yangon General Hospital. The following is a summary of the public health care system in the state.[4]

2002-2003 # Hospitals # Beds
Specialist hospitals 0 0
General hospitals with specialist services 1 200
General hospitals 7 275
Health clinics 17 272
Total 25 747


See also

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Kayin State (Karen State) is in Myanmar.

  • Hpa-an, also known as Pa-an - the capital

Get in

About 7 hr by car from Yangon.

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