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Pindaya Caves

Pindaya Caves is a Buddhist pilgrimage site on the limestone backs of Myelat Region next to the Pindaya town of Shan State, Myanmar, where three caves on the ridge extend north-south. This cave is famous for its 9,000 Buddha statues of all sizes, facial expressions and materials on every corner of the site that accompanies a hidden legend on Shan society.

The southernmost Pindaya Cave can be entered and extends about 490 feet along the aisle and the interior contains more than 8,000 Buddhist images from the 18th century through 1773 by pilgrims, but many other statues and images are placed there continuously throughout the cave's history until now.

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The collection as a whole forms an impressive display of iconography and Buddhist art from the early Konbaung era to the modern period. About 70 unique images of the 18th century Bhisakkaguru tradition in which hair, eye, nose, ear, and robes style are different from most other drawings in Burmese culture.

The characteristic of this image is holding the seeds on the right inverted palm that are not found elsewhere in Burma and based on the Buddhist iconography. These images are derived from the Mahayana tradition and alleged Pindaya Cave at once serving the Mahayana Bhisakkaguru cult.

Shwe U Min (Golden Cave) Pagoda is 15 meters (49 ft) high at the entrance to the southernmost cave. Large bronze bell at the southern entrance and a barely legible inscription stated in 1842 weighing 400 vis (654 kg). Steel structures are installed to accommodate many pilgrims. Inscriptions show a wide range of donors and not only from the Theravada community, but also from the Hindu and Chinese communities.

Location: Pindaya Township, Taunggyi District, Shan State, Myanmar.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Heho Airport in Kalaw Township, then drive to Pindaya Township.

Advice: Travelers at the end of the walking tour as high as 490 feet will watch other incredible scenes including Buddhist worshipers enthusiastically collecting clay. The reason is this is the only place in Pindaya area where the earth is black instead of red. People regard it as a sign that the clay is sacred and can be used to ward off evil spirits.

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Surveys in 2006 counted nearly 7,000 Buddhist statues, although other estimates put the numbers at more than 8,000. Sculptures in every size and made of marble, varnish and wood covered with gold.

Visitors navigate the labyrinth of sculptures that sit under a large stalactite or carefully down a narrow staircase or porch dampened by a trickle of water dripping from the crevices of the stone. The cave can be visited throughout the year except the rainy season.

A six-day festival was held on 11-16 March. Travelers can also visit the market for a mile and watch traditional Myanmar dances that appear beneath the centuries-old banyan tree in the pagoda complex. Performances of traditional music and dance culture only on the night of full moon in March.

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