Falam – Former capital of Chin Hills

Cathedral from Falam
Main road in Falam

Falam is the capital of Falam District, Northern Chin State. There are two districts in Chin State, Falam in the north and Mindat in the south. Falam, Tiddim, Tunzan and Htantalan constitute Falam District.
Before 1965, Falam was the capital of Chin State. However, in 1965 the then Chin State Administration (Chin Uzi) decided to move the capital from Falam to Hakha which is in the center of the state and has potential to expand. Ironically in fact, the Chin State Administration was not moved from Falam, but from Kalay which was in Sagaing State, to Hakha. Although Falam was no longer the capital, it nevertheless retains part of its former glory. There are some two and three storied brick buildings in Falam, and a large and grand Baptist church in the center of the town.
Falam was built on the slope of a mountain range, in multiple steps. The town is quite clean and tidy. Girls from Falam are famous to be the most beautiful in the whole Chin State.

Almost all the people from Falam are Christians, with majority being Baptists. The living standard is quite high too.
Near Falam, you can visit and pay homage to the monastery where famous Buddhist Monk U Ottamathara once lived.

16 thoughts on “Falam – Former capital of Chin Hills”

  1. It reminds me my life in Falam. I really love Falam town and the hospitality of the people. I am planning to visit again and hear the word “Kan-lo-ngai-tuk” We love you so much!

  2. Thank you so much ! I really like Falam,too. Falam is the best city in the whole Chin State. I really wanna visit that Falam again and again.The weather is cool in there. The peoples are cool and Falam is the first capitol in Chin Land.


  3. Thank you for your effort to bring a glimpse of beautiful town in Chin State. Being a mountainous State, you will find breathtaking panoramic scenes wherever you visited.
    Sadly, people are fleeing their beautiful home land due to abuses, unlawful prosecution by authority worsened by recent famine from bamboo flowering outbreak.

    Nevertheless, Chin Land will remain beauty forever and ever.

  4. Thank you thank you !!!

    Falam Falam !
    I’m Hakha but i love Falam better than Falam becuase i live in Falam.
    Falam is very beautiful town and the capital of Chin State..


  5. can you please write more about Falam? like Falam customs, traditions, language, religion,music and entertainment, food, Beliefs and a bit about politics…
    coz i really want to know about it and yes, you write it some of them but can you write with more information or more detail?……….

  6. Can someone help me figure out if these are from a Chin dialect, and if so which one?
    Kho poek rhaai koel kai rah saya rhoek

    Lamdang sakzah dong ding a ahoih kote sya tung ah lungdam

    1. “Lamdang sakzah dong ding a a hoih kote Sya tung ah lungdam” is Tedim Dialect and it means “Thank you to our very wonderful teacher”. It is very official and formal. No body speaks like that. I mean it’s not a spoken language.
      Lamdang= awesome, peculiar,great.
      lungdam=thank you.

      The other words are grammatical words.
      Lungdam mahmah

  7. Hello, can anyone tell me about the market(s) in Falam? Is there still a store called Mama Store? thankyou for your help. I am coming to Falam soon and I am trying to find someone called Lalro Puia, whose mother used to run this store. Linda

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