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Shwe Oo Min Paya, Kalaw

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See rows of golden Buddha statues at Shwe Oo Min Paya, a natural limestone cave so well-proportioned that it look as though it was carefully engineered. Walk along the tunnels to see various Buddha images and statues in the cave, which has special religious significance. Some locals meditate inside the cave, and you can join them if you feel in the mood. Take the stairs to the top of the area, where you can enjoy views of more shrines in the region. Put Shwe Oo Min Paya into our Kalaw trip itinerary website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Amazing venue for the amount of the statues of all shapes and sizes. Magic place inside a cave where there are several tunnels where are housed statues everywhere!
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  • When you enter the cave, you see Buddhas everywhere, of all sizes and in all directions, placed on the ground, hung in height. It's impressive, but little else, finally, than other places in this Buddhist wonder of Myanmar. And then you press more and discover that in fact this first room is only the front tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Sinking into the depths of the Earth and what they call, literally, the maze, you will discover an incredible profusion of Buddhas: it is offerings, and each year new are added to the previous ones, so well to identify all the Buddhas annually in order to have a count at roughly day. This accumulation of devotion is pretty hair-raising.
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  • This cave-temple is a nice 20 min walk out of the city center. Make sure you take the right road as it is positioned in a military zone. The site is quite amazing outside, with a lot of huge golden pa...  more »

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Where to stay in Kalaw

Kalaw's accommodations cater to adventurers and those wishing to enjoy something a little more sedentary and relaxing. You'll find some particularly well appointed and well-positioned resorts in old colonial buildings rich in character. Alongside these, simple guesthouses and hostels with multi-bed dorms provide a good option for those wanting to simply rest up before heading out on one of the multi-day hikes to Inle Lake or Pindaya.
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