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Pindaya Caves


Pindaya Caves


  • The Pindaya caves are at a site which is a prominent pilgrimage site for Buddhists of Myanmar and an unusual, attractive sight for tourists.
  • A limestone mountain in Central Myanmar has 3 caves. Just one of these 3 caves is open to general public. This cave is roughly 150 meters long and it has thousands of images of Buddha in different styles and from various periods starting from the early Konbaung dynasty period to this day.
  • The cave’s every small nook and corner is filled with Buddha figures up to the roof. There are many small pagodas and stalactites as well as stalagmites between the figures.



Pindaya Caves


  • Thousands of Buddha figures have been placed within the cave during period of numerous centuries. A number of sculptures have the name of the individual who offered it. By now there are roughly 9,000 figures. The quantity of figures is increasing continuously because people are adding more continuously.
  • It’s not known with any degree of certainty when the original images were kept in the cave, nevertheless the oldest caves bear engravings dating back to the Konbaung Empire of the 2nd half of the 18th century have been found.
  • The Buddha figures are not in same styles, demonstrating the different periods when they were created. A number of them are gold plated, other figures are made of bronze, marble, teak wood or other material. A lot of them are very small, a few are life size.
  • Certain smaller parts of the cave can be entered only by crawling. Some of these caves are employed as meditation chambers which have fewer Buddha sculptures. Be cautious while walking around in the weakly illuminated cave because the floor might be oily. Mats are on the pathway and handrails have been installed in parts of the cave
  • Lots of people visit the cave to pay respect during the carnival organised at the full moon day of Tabaung. The tiny rural community of Pindaya on the lake is a scenic and serene location which contains many shops and restaurants.



Pindaya Caves Myanmar