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Destination in Myanmar - KALAY

Kalay (Kalemyo), also known as Karlaymyo, is a town in the Sagaing Division of Burma. It is located upstream from Mandalay and Monywa on the Myittha River, a tributary of the Chindwin River. The town is the district headquarters of the Kalay District.It has gained importance with trans border movement enabled between Burma and India following the 165 kilometres (103 mi) Tamu–Kalayamyo road built by the Border Roads Organization of India.



According to tradition, Kalaymyo was established as a town on a Sunday in the 5th of waning moon of Tabotwe month 328, as per the traditional Burmese calendar.

During the Second World War, Kalaymyo was an important regrouping point for the British during their retreat from Burma in 1942 because of the relatively easier access to India along the Manipur River (the alternative was to march through malarial forests from Kalewa to Tamu).

A votive tablet was unearthed in Kalaymyo in 1983, with a Mon language inscription referring to the Aniruddha.

On September 19, 2007, 200 monks marched through the streets of Kalaymyo as a part of the 2007 Burmese anti-government protests. Over the next few days, the monks were joined by thousands of people of the Chin ethnic group. On September 24, students marched from Kalay University with posters and protested, demanding the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and two other political prisoners.