Myin Ma Hti cave, Kalaw , Shan State, Burma

I am not particularly interested in cave as I am asthmatic and I usually get eerie feelings and sense of suffocation whenever I visit inside the cave. However, my curiosity always drives me to do some venture inside the cave and I went twice to Myin Ma Hti mountain to observe the cave. Another reason I went there is the view on the way to the cave is awesome and there are lots of seasonal flowers especially sunflowers and sesame flowers ( I went there before harvest time in December , so the scenery was yellow , white , green and red , the color of soil in Shan State is red ). But if you go there other time, you will not see sunflowers.

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According to the record done by a monk at the Myin Ma hti village in the year  1906, the pagodas inside the cave were first founded by King  Siri Dama Thaw Ka around 2300 years ago. King Siri Dama Thawka was well known as a king who tried to spread Buddhism all over the country. He built 84000 lakes, 84000 wells and 84000 pagodas,  The cave  is 1028 feet long and on the walls , there were side tunnels which are linked to outside.  Previously, the cave was covered with the water and it was used to be called water flowing cave.  However, it was assumed that the water disappeared through some opening inside the cave and nowadays, it is dry.  There are still 28 statues which was assumed to be created 2300 years ago.

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After  King Siri Dama Thawka , King Anawrahta took over the pagoda and did some renovation , then it was taken over by King Along sithu. According to the record, the cave has existed for thousands of years before Buddhism flourished there.

Myin Ma Hti mountain is four miles from Kalaw Town. Kalaw is 4315 feet above sea level and the summit of mountain is 1075 feet from the base.

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There is a legend that four powerful and extraordinarily strong horses came out from the divine and ate the paddy field and vegetable from the village farms.  The villagers could not shoo the horses away and asked help from the King Anawrahtar. The king sent his four heroes named Kyan Sit Thar, Nga Htwe Ru, Nga Lone Lat Phal and Nyaung Oo Phee. The heroes managed to tame wild horses and brought them to the palace. On the way back, Hero Kyan Sit Thar galloped on the powerful horse and jumped over the mountain. The horse could jump over it and the mountain was named Myin Ma Hti ( The mountain which the horse didn’t touch )

You could reach the cave by turning to the right after you passed the toll  if you come from Kalaw. You need to drive a few miles and the cave was on the way to Pin Long  .It is situated in between Kalaw and Aung Ban. It is four miles away from Kalaw and two miles from Aung Ban. The temperature inside the cave is quite low and the water drops pour out from the cave. There is a place where you can make paste from the tree bark and wear it on your face. Some old people believe it has therapeutic  effect.

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ir was written the angle’s stone and the girl is trying to take the paste of tree bark from the stone.

If you are a fan of cave, just take it as one of your destinations when you arrive Kalaw

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2 thoughts on “Myin Ma Hti cave, Kalaw , Shan State, Burma”

  1. I guess I can say that I’m not much of a cave person myself – but I truly enjoyed your landscape photography and the pieces of history and legend you added!

    1. thank you so much. It will be one of our destinations together. I sometimes think Burmese exaggerate real stories. I cannot imagine a horse jump over the mountain literally. But I know previous generations have very tall and big body figure. For Burmese historians , King Kyan Sit Thar is just like a Hercule . He is the only King who was chosen by the public without link to royal blood. And I hate the fact Burmese Kings love to outdo each other by building more and more pagodas. Its annoying for me. oops! Hope my parents will not read this. Anyhow, I still have many stories to come. hehe

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