HpaAn (Pa-An) is the capital of Karen (Kayin) State. Recently removed from the restricted list of travel destinations. It can be reached by bus from Yangon across a new Bridge (Thanlwin) over the Thanlwin River. HpaAn is a picturesque town that sits on the eastern bank of the Thanlwin (Salween) river (about 301 kilometers east of Yangon). The most impressive example is the beautiful, sacred and monolithic MOUNT ZWEGABIN(Zwekabin), which can be found 16 kilometres south east of Hpa An.
The other interesting places are HPA AN MARKET, ETHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM, THE KYAUKKALATT, is a truly unique pagoda, set on top of an unusual rock formation in the middle of a (man-made) lake; The LUMBINI GARDEN with a thousand Buddha Images at the base of a large mountain, historic KAWGOON CAVE and SADDAN CAVE which opens into a gigantic cavern filled with Buddhas and pagodas, which can be walked all the way through to the other side of the mountain.