Kayin State is in South-eastern Myanmar. Hpa-an, the capital is on the eastern bank of Thanlwin River. The plains at Kayin State are dotted by lime stone caverns and lime stone hills protruding steeply upwards. Among the hills, Zwegapin hill is the most prominent with a height of 2,372 ft above the sea level.
Zwegapin hill is 7 miles from Hpa-an and it is becoming the Landmark of Kayin State. Zwegapin in Kayin parlance is the hill where ships anchor. The hill projects various images when observed from different directions. Anyhow, the titanic Zwegapin denotes the steadfastness, truthfulness and bravery of Kayin people.
The inhabitants around Zwegapin are traditionally farmers, growing paddy, beans and pulses, raising orchards. Agriculture is the mainstay of Kayin people's livelihood. As the place is several rivers with much lakes and ponds, they are also adept in fishery.
The traditional dwellings are long-legged houses, where the household live upstairs while the poultry, traditional mortar, pestle and farming tools are kept at the ground floor. Kayin people residing at the foot of Zwegapin hill are simple, honest and content with their peaceful life.
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