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“8000 Buddha Statues”
Review of Pindaya Caves

Pindaya Caves
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Pindaya
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

This is a must do activity unless you are a bit over Buddha images. This cave is not your usual limestone cave - it does have the typical stalactites but you don't really notice them because of the 8000 golden Buddha statues that reside inside the cave. Inside it resembles a maze and every corner brings a new set of Buddha images, some 4 metres high. Care needs to be taken as it is a pilgrimage site and many people go there to pay homage to Buddha.
For the energetic the several hundred steps from the base of the mountain is an interesting climb or alternatively you can drive up to the car park and then climb only a few steps and get the elevator. The view across the valley is spectacular.
A camera fee is imposed (30 cents US) which assists with the maintenance of the site.

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Reviewed September 9, 2013

The two hours drive from the airport in Bagan will be hard to you as the roads are terrible, but the detour from the direct way to Inle lake is certainly worth it. The landscape is interesting anyway but the cave, wow.

You can either walk up from the ground or drive up till you are nearly at the entrance but some stairs will come (there is an elevator up as well). Once you are in you will see Buddhas over Buddhas, they claim it is 8,000 it could well be several hundred more. In all poses, in all sizes, from people from all over the world.

Wherever you take a bend, you will have more Buddhas lined up, some high on the walls, some in small caves, there is a row that shows all poses in which Buddha is normally shown, short, one of the most stunning exhibits of faith.

Plus, from the entrance you have a wonderful view over the valley.

If you are not interested in Buddhas, this is of course not the place for you to go to ;-)

Thank Florian254
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

This is a very impressive place. I have visited caves and marvelled at the limestone before but this cave is filled with 8,000 statues of buddhas and still enough space to fill more. There is a maze within the cave as you maneuvre through the many statues. You see names of people from all over the world who have made merit by contributing a buddha.
Within the cave, the light accentuates the golden colour of some of the statues and it makes for an awesome sight. If you have a guide, they will even point out some of the differences in the buddha styles.
If you're visiting the area, it is definitely worth a stopover to catch this wonder.

Some tips
a) there is a fee of US$3 to enter but if you want to conserve the nice, clean US$ bills, they will accept kyat but the exchange rate will not be in your favour
b) there is a fee to use your camera to take pictures.

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Reviewed June 29, 2013

I took a day trip from Kalaw to Pindaya using local transport. It was a unique and cramped experience.
The caves themselves are pretty awe inspiring. There are a lot of Buddha's!
I recommend visiting when it is market day in Pindaya. There is a 5 day rotation for the local area and if you plan your trip correctly you can experience the fun and flavour of the local market.

Thank AlexaG071
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Just interesting to see so many Buddhas and to be there on a holiday made it even nicer. The walk from Pindaya Inle Lake is a bit far, but not undoable. Get there early on a holiday.

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