Peik Chin Myaung Cave

Maha Nandamu Cave


Useful Information

Location: South of Wetwun village, near Pyin Oo Lwin. Mandalay-Lashio Road towards Hsipaw 22km to village Wetwun. Turn right on paved road for 2.5km.
Open: All year daily 6-18.
[2020]
Fee: free.
[2020]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave SubterraneaCave Church
Light: electric
Dimension: L=600m, W=7m.
Guided tours: n/a
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: yes
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Address: Maha Nandamu Peik Chin Myaung Cave, Peik Chin Myaung Rd, Wekwin, Tel: +95-85-21-652.
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History

1990 developed as a tourist attraction.

Description

Peik Chin Myaung Cave is a karst cave with numerous speleothems. It is a developed show cave with electric light. The cave is a river cave and is entered through the resourgence. The river flowing ot of the cave forms a series of rimstone pools in front of the cave portal, most abou 40cm to 50cm high, but the biggest are up to 2m high.

The cave is used as a buddhist temple so there are buddha statues, stupas and pagodas inside. Nevertheless the cave is almost in its natural state, the statues and stupas were placed in natural niches. The use of the cave as a temple by the local Nepalese or Gakhar people has a long tradition. The Myanmar government made it an official tourist attraction in 1990. As far as we know this did not include any development besides allowing tourists in the area.

The cave is named Peik Chin Myaung Cave after a local plant, named Peik Chin, which used to grow around the mouth of the cave. It is also called Maha Nandamu Cave