Pindaya Caves

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Location: In the hill above Pindaya village.
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: electric.
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Pidaya Caves are natural karst caves of some size, passages up to 10m high, with many speleothems. But they are famous for their artificial content, virtually thousands of Buddha statues in all shapes and sizes. The cave is used as a holy place and buddhist temple, so it is actually heavily damaged by the use and most speleothomes are destroyed. The side passages are numerous and used for meditation and praying.

The Buddha statues cover most of the main chamber and almost every corner of the cave. The amount of statues is somewhere between 8,000 and 9,000, and there are different exact numbers given, it seems to be rather difficult to count them. The number we read most often is 8,094, so we guess there is a chance that this might be the true number.

The origin of the statues is not known, it seems clear that they were created over a very long time, by different artists using completely different materials and techniques. Some are made of teak wood, the main export article of Myanmar, others are made of alabaster, brick, marble, plaster, or even cement. Some are covered by laquer but most are coverd by gold.