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August 21, 2018

Ancient cave in Kayin State boosts tourism

Tourists and local authorities flock near the entrance to Esathara Cave where a Reclining Buddha image is established for public obeisance. The natural limestone cave is seven miles from the nearest village and is located on a mountain of the same name. As ancient as the other popular caves in Kayin State, the local government is making efforts to boost tourism to Esathara Cave while making sure not to damage the natural environment.  photo: Nay Myo lwin (district iprd)
Tourists and local authorities flock near the entrance to Esathara Cave where a Reclining Buddha image is established for public obeisance. The natural limestone cave is seven miles from the nearest village and is located on a mountain of the same name. As ancient as the other popular caves in Kayin State, the local government is making efforts to boost tourism to Esathara Cave while making sure not to damage the natural environment.  photo: Nay Myo lwin (district iprd)

Kayin State is popular for its natural limestone caves and waterfalls. Some of the famous limestone caves are Kawgun Cave, Yathaypyan Cave, Sadan Cave, and the Bayin Nyi Naung Caves. Another cave that is drawing tourists is the Esathara Cave near Naungpalain Village.
To improve access to the cave for tourists and build better roads, Kayin State Chief Minister Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint and state ministers visited the area yesterday morning.
The Esathara Cave is located on some 90 acres of the Esathara mountain near Nanpalain Village. It is accessible by travelling on Hpa-an-Hlaingbwe road and turning into the Mebaung Village-Naungpalain Village road. Some seven miles into the road, there is a checkpoint that diverts into a dirt path and into the cave entrance. A reclining Buddha image can be seen near the entrance, with the cave being some 1,000 feet deep.
The cave is filled with numerous natural beauties, and at the end of the passage is a small opening 10 feet above the cave floor that can be accessed with a bamboo ladder.
Hpa-an is a central tourism attraction in Kayin State that houses natural caverns, scenes of the state’s traditions and culture, waterfalls, hot springs and other tourist destinations, for which Hpa-an received the ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award 2018.
The chief minister and other state ministers will survey the area to ensure no modifications or changes are carried out that will damage the natural environment of the area. —Nay Myo Lwin (District IPRD)

The Kayin State Chief Minister and entourage walk along the natural pathway in Esathara limestone cave.  photo: nay myo lwin (district iprd)
The Kayin State Chief Minister and entourage walk along the natural pathway in Esathara limestone cave.  photo: nay myo lwin (district iprd)

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