Shwe Oo Min Paya Kalaw

Shwe Oo Min Pagoda is a winding complex of natural caves and tunnels filled with buddha images set high on a limestone ridge above Pone Taloke Lake near Pindaya town. 

Shwe Oo Min Pagoda is a kind of weird pagoda that you can't easily find around this country because of all the unique characteristics you could have never seen before. This is a natural cave temple which is sacred to Buddha. 

The stairs leading to the cave are about 2 miles south of town on Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Road, about 10 to 15 minute walk from town. At the latest count, the caves contained more than 8094 statues, some left centuries ago by local pilgrims and others newly installed by Buddhist organisations from as far afield as Singapore, the Netherlands and the USA.

The Shwe Oo Min Pagoda road

The Shwe Oo Min Pagoda road

One more exciting point is that there is a working elevator here in the pagoda, so it would be great if you travel with your family since the lift is good for elderly people. You can take the stairs as well. Same same but different, Shwe Oo Min Pagoda is a top-notch pagoda that can lift your excitement of exploring to the next level while being around Kalaw town.

The stupas are covered by gilded gold that would beautifully reflect sunlight. So from this, you should visit this pagoda around sunrise or sunset to fully take in the most sight-seeing view of golden stupas shining so brightly under the sun. The other part is a Buddha cave! Yes, a cave full of Buddha statues that have lots of stalagmites.

The cave pogoda of Shwe Oo Min Paya

The cave pogoda of Shwe Oo Min Paya

 

You would be amazed by how meticulous and respect the old Burmese had by just seeing all that carving details on those Buddha statues. The cave is filled with thousands of Buddha of all types and styles. And one more thing to note is that Kalaw is not a very touristy town so you would definitely have much time to go around and take great pictures, especially when Shwe Oo Min Pagoda is on the hill, so the scenery from the hill is pretty nice and pure.

Golden sculptures in Shwe Oo Min Cave Pagoda

Golden sculptures in Shwe Oo Min Cave Pagoda

Pindaya Shwe Oo Min Cave Pagoda festival is held on and around Full moon day of Tabaung as well. It starts seven days before the full moon day. During the festival time, thousands of devotees come from villages around the area to the cave. A kind of pagoda mall is set up at the foot of the hill under big shady Banyan trees to sell local products.

Shwe Oo Min Paya Map

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