Welcome to Kalaymyo
Kalaymyo (ကေလးျမိဳ႕), mostly known by its former name of Kalay, has a claim to be the true capital of Chin State, even though it's located just across the border in neighbouring Sagaing Region. Over half its population is Chin, far outnumbering the people who live in the actual Chin capital, Hakha. The estimated 500-plus churches in Kalaymyo – some no more than houses with a cross catering to tiny congregations, and others sizeable – are testament to the Chin influence. Sitting in a valley close to the confluence of three rivers and with the Chin Hills looming over the city, Kalaymyo is also notable geographically because the Tropic of Cancer passes through it. During WWII, the town was an important staging post in battles against the Japanese. These days it's a low-key place with many wooden houses and it also functions as the gateway to northern Chin State.