Visitors flock to caves across Kayin State after matriculation exams

Holiday-makers and students made a visit to the Kawkathoung Cave in Kayin State after their matricualtion examination was over. Photo : Min Thu (Hpa-an)
Holiday-makers and students made a visit to the Kawkathoung Cave in Kayin State after their matricualtion examination was over. Photo : Min Thu (Hpa-an)

Kayin State, with its many natural landscapes, saw an increase in visitors from home and abroad following the end of nationwide matriculation examinations, said a tourist police officer.
“Tourist police are putting forth continuous efforts to protect visitors from possible risks, including traffic accidents and crimes. Police are deployed in crowded places
across the region,” noted the officer.
Kayin State is a popular tourism site because of its natural beauty and indigenous culture.
The well-known limestone caves here include Sadan Cave, Kawgun Cave, Yathepyan Cave, Kawkathoung Cave and Bayinynyi Cave.
U Dhamma Pala, a Sayadaw from Kawgun Cave Pagoda, noted, “Between 2,000 and 3,000 local visitors, plus around 50 foreign travellers, visit the Kawgun Cave per day. The majority of foreigners come from France and Germany.
We donate meals to all visitors, especially on significant religious days and weekends, also arranging accommodations for late comers at the religious community
halls.”
Organized by their teachers, students, especially from Kayin and Mon states who recently took matriculation examinations, visited limestone caves, waterfalls, and other destinations.—Min Thu (Hpa-an) (Translated by Khaing Thanda Lwin)

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