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July 06, 2020

Cave temples around Hpa-an crowded with travelers

People visit Bayin Nyi Cave during Thingyan Festival holidays in Hpa-an, Kayin State.  Photo: Saw Myo Min Thein (IPRD)
People visit Bayin Nyi Cave during Thingyan Festival holidays in Hpa-an, Kayin State.  Photo: Saw Myo Min Thein (IPRD)

Travelers across the country thronged the cave temples around Hpa-an Town in Kayin State during the water festival.
There are many caves located in the vicinity of Hpa-an. Most of the caves are ancient, and there also several structures of cultural interest around them. Thanks to efficient transportation facilities, it has become easier to reach the cave temples nowadays. Local and foreign travelers are visiting the areas daily, partly because they are interested in the traditional cultural mores of the local ethnic people.
“This is my first time in Kayin State. Now, 22 members of our family are all here in Kayin State. We have already been to five significant caves in the state. When we entered the natural water cave near the Yathaepyan cave, we couldn’t see anything inside and heard only the sound of falling water. At the time, we felt a bit scared. But, when we saw other boats, our fear dissolved, and we played with the water,” said Daw Soe Soe Moe, a local visitor who lives near theKyauktan Township. “We visited these areas 20 years ago. At that time, the roads were not good for smooth and safe transportation. We drew water from the ground to shower. Now, they have built concrete ponds to shower,” said Daw Khin Win, a local visitor from Mandalay. Most people visited the caves around Hpa-an Town for rest and recreation during the water festival. — Saw Myo Min Thein (IPRD) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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