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  Pindaya

Brief
Pindaya is a town in the Shan State of Burma. It is located in the west of the state in Pindaya Township in Taunggyi District. Mainly famous for its limestone caves called Pindaya Caves where thousands of Buddha images have been consecrated for worship over the centuries, it is also one of the towns that host an itinerant market every fifth day.

Reasons to visit
Pindaya is situated at 1164-m above sea level and is 40-km from Kalaw. It is noted for its extensive limestone caves and Shwe U Min Paya which is full of Buddha images of about 8000 a and picturesque Boutaloke Lake. Pindaya itself is a centre for the Myanmar speaking Taung-yo people. Local handicrafts include Shan paper and parasols made from mulberry bark. The town's symbol is a spider. According to the legend, seven princesses bathing in the lake took refuge in the cave during a storm where they were imprisoned by a giant spider. It is a good place to begin short treks to surrounding Danu, Pa-O, Palaung and taung-yo villages. 

Pindaya Caves    
The Pindaya caves are in limestone ridge overlooking the Pindaya lake and is full of thousands of Buddha images made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement which have been put there over centuries and arranged in such a way as to form a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers. In these caves, you may come across lay people practicing meditation. The Pindaya caves are in limestone ridge overlooking the Pindaya lake and is full of thousands of Buddha images made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement which have been put there over centuries and arranged in such a way as to form a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers. In these caves, you may come across lay people practicing meditation.   

Shopping
Bamboo Products,Coconut Masks,Folk Dolls,Gold Leaf,Gold Embroidery,Jewellery,Jewels,Kalaga,Embroidered Tapestries,Lacquerware,Leather Crafts,Longyi,Shan Style Shoulder Bags,Silverware,Stone Carvings,Teakwood Furniture,Traditional Puppets,Tribal Handicrafts,Weaving,Woodcarving.

Festive celebrations
Pindaya Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival,Pindaya Cave Pagoda Festival.