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Pindaya Caves

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03 Dec 2015 | Thu

Day 16 of 47

Today’s Events:

– 5 Days Market Kalaw

– Travel to Pindaya

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– Homemade Paper Umbrellas Pindaya

– Green Tea Restaurant Pindaya

– Travel to Inle Lake

– Nyaung Shwe Jetty | Travel Across Inle Lake to Hotel

– Aureum Palace Resort Inle Lake

– Pindaya Caves –

The Pindaya Caves, located next to the town of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar) are a Buddhist pilgrimage site and a tourist attraction located on a limestone ridge in the Myelat region. The area is part of the ancestral homeland of the Danu people. There are three caves on the ridge which run north-south, but only the southern cave can be entered and explored. It is not known whether the other two penetrate for any extended distance into the hillside. Scholars have been pushing for the site’s inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List. (Wikipedia)

The southernmost cave (only one open to the public) extends back into the hillside for about 500 feet or so. This cave is famous for being filled with 9000+ Buddha images (statues) that date back to the late 18th and 19th centuries.

There is also a local legend attached to the caves where seven princesses bathing in a nearby lake were captured by a giant spider and trapped in the cave to be rescued by Prince Kummabhaya of Yawnghwe.  This is what is being depicted in the photo below.

Prince Kummabhaya of Yawnghwe Fighting the Giant Spider

We have always enjoyed visiting/touring caves but this one with all of its Buddha images is quite amazing to see.  Pindaya was not originally included in our tour (it’s a bit out of the way) but I worked with the tour company to fit it in – after seeing it now, we are so glad we did!

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