The Banyan Trees of Pindaya

Pindaya, Shan State, Buddhist, pilgrimage, caves, pagoda festival, banyan trees, Myanmar, Burma, The Irrawaddy

The banyan trees at Pindaya are known as some of the most beautiful in Shan State. (Photo: Sai Zaw / The Irrawaddy)

Hailed as the most beautiful banyan trees in Shan State, the centuries-old trees at the Pindaya Caves complex in southern Shan State provide shade for visitors and a refuge from the hot sun.

The trees also create the perfect atmosphere for a famous mile-long pagoda festival that is held at the caves in March, complete with markets and performances by Burmese traditional dance troupes.

The caves are a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site not far from the lakeside town of Pindaya, with limestone ridges nearby. Tourists frequently visit to see thousands of Buddhist statues that have accumulated inside since the caves first became a place of worship in the 18th century.

There are a total of three caves on a ridge which runs north-south, but only the southernmost cave can be entered and explored.

One Response to The Banyan Trees of Pindaya

  1. Splendid trees. Many believed spirits dwelled on it. Many more like Nyaungkaryar on the way to Maymyo and in villages north of Maymyo like Kyitek, Wetwun, the ancient towns that predate Bagan, Ava,Mandalay, Toungoo, Sagaing.

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