When introducing about the Shan State – the eastern land of Myanmar, Vietnamese tourists often refer only to Inle Lake. But if you have a lot of time to explore, visitors will recognize in addition to Inle, Shan State also has many interesting destinations for those who love the beauty of ancient culture of Myanmar Tour. For visitors from the West, the Pindaya cave, about 100 kilometers from Inle, is an unforgettable destination of Shan State.
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Introduction about Pindaya Cave
It will take yoy about 45 minutes from Heho Airport to Inle Lake by car. When arriving at Shan’s area, the car stops in front of a ticket station in the state. You need to pay $2 per passenger to buy ticket. The road is small but quiet. And the two sides of the road is a picture of the beautiful and peaceful red land plateau.
On the way, a car visited a house made of Myanmar cigar shells from a garden plant. We learn the process of picking leaves and putting them in the kitchen (specially designed) to dry the leaves. Then they will fold them into the basket and sell them to the families making the cigars.
When approaching the Pindaya cave, the car stops for a visit to a local market. Here, besides the richness of the items and the characteristic features, visitors are also free to take pictures of grandma, women and children with tanaka make-up face – a fine powder made of wood. The local people are very plain and communicate freely with the tourists because every day they have international visitors to visit.
Pindaya is located in the midst of beautiful red soil
The Pindaya cave is located in the mountain range about 1,200m above sea level. Along the sides of the road to the cave area are hundreds-year-old banyan trees which spread and cover an enormous space.
Looking the outside of The Pindaya cave, it looks like a temple. And the walkway for visitors is roofed from the foot of the mountain up to the entrance of the cave. Inside, you will find the Buddha statue, big, small, high, low … are rich and varied, all are painted with bright yellow lacquer.
Discover the scenery inside the cave
According to the introduction of the guide, there are all nearly 8,000 Buddha statues stretching over 150 meters of the cave, including many precious ancient statues.
Some statues have distinct shapes and styles, representing styles for different eras. The statue is so large that there are only enough paths for two people to avoid each other. The statue is decorated from the cave to the ceiling of the cave, so visitors also go round the cave entrance to the top and can see the panorama of the temple with thousands of Buddha statues.
Explore the second compartment of the cave
In the second compartment of the cave is an open space with thousands of other Buddha statues. Buddha statue is interspersed with stalactites in the cave, sparkling yellow, iridescent. All of them are solemn and magnificent.
In the cave is decorated with white light illuminated path for pilgrims, light gold illusory light Buddha statues. Depending on the faith and spirit of the merit, the Buddha was built according to the idea and layout of the idea.
In the cave there are stalactites connecting from the ceiling to the ground, the water from the ceiling where it flows down day after day. In this second space there is also an area decorated with a population of Buddha statues and in front of a circle of reincarnation. The concept here is that pilgrims will recite the Buddha, going around seven times will be lucky.