Pindaya

Pindaya, a three-to-four drive northwest of Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake), is famous across Myanmar as the site of the extraordinary Shwe U Min Cave Temple, a huge, convoluted complex of limestone grottoes crammed with around 9,000 Buddha images. The most revered cave is the Antique Pagoda, built by King Sridama Sawka more than 2,000 years ago, comprising a myriad of golden Buddhas sitting in red niches stacked one above another. People work at traditional crafts of mulberry papermaking, umbrella making, and bamboo hat making are other kinds of tourist attractions.