More visitors flock to Phowintaung cave

People visiting to the Phowintaung caves temples in Yinmabin Township, Sagaing Region. Photo: Ko Htein (Ngathayauk)
People visiting to the Phowintaung caves temples in Yinmabin Township, Sagaing Region. Photo: Ko Htein (Ngathayauk)

More pilgrims visited Phowintaung cave temples in Yinmabin Township, Sagaing Region year over year, said U Cho Oo, head of Phowintaung pagoda trustees board.
The name means Mountain of Isolated Meditation. There are 446,444 Buddha images of varying sizes and styles and 947 small and large caves. Mural paintings can be seen in more than 120 caves.
Phowintaung received more pilgrims from Thadingyut festival in October to Tagu (the first month of Myanmar Calendar) which falls in April. There is only a small number of visitors in other months.
Phowintaung is situated 15 miles away from Monywa Town, 7 miles away from Salingyi Town, 12 miles from Pathein-Monywa Road for Bagan-NyaungU-Pakokku travellers. It has smooth transportation with free bus terminal for the visitors. The securities of the pagoda ensure systematic selling of the vendors for the monkeys.
The vast cave temples—Phowintaung and Shwebataung are the hidden caves of Myanmar and they are located only kilometer away.—Ko Htein (Ngathayauk)

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