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Why Kakku Pagodas is special ?
The Kakku pagodas is a pagoda complex in the hills overlooking the valley South East of Inle Lake. The remote site, only recently opened to visitors, is located in Pa-Oh territory, a people related to the Karen.
Kakku Pagoda Complex,Taunggyi features a cluster of fantastic ancient monuments and is located in the heart of Shan State. It is mainly a group of thousands of pagodas and temples which were built in the 16th century. This popular tourist attraction in the city attracts a huge number of travelers every year who come to visit the ancient temples and Buddhist Pagodas. These are of great historical importance due to their existence dating back from 2000 years. Kakku Pagoda Complex, Taunggyi draw the attention of visitors throughout the country as well as the other major countries of the world.
What to explore at Kakku Pagodas?
Due to its isolated location it takes considerable effort to get there. A scenic ride through the hills over small winding roads with Pa-Oh villages, houses of wood and bamboo and fields with crops as onions and garlic leads to the group of pagodas. Some 2,500 pagodas, most of similar shape and size, are found in long rows closely put together in a square field.
At the center is the 40 meters high main stupa, surrounded by mostly well preserved smaller ones. Most still have the hti, a top element shaped like an ornamental umbrella. The centuries old pagodas are made from brick and plastered with stucco, a lot of which has crumbled off. Some of them have trees and bushes growing out of them.
Many stupas are adorned with well preserved sculptures carved in stucco, some of which still show their original colors. A number of pagodas enshrine images of the Buddha.
How to get to Kakku Pagodas?
The Kakku complex is located in the hills South East of Inle Lake. The 60 kilometer drive from Taunggyi takes 1½ to 2 hours; from the West end of the lake it takes another hour extra. Alternatively, a very scenic but challenging trek through the hills takes 5 to 7 hours, depending on the starting point.
- Small village but historical value
- Unmissable destination in Myanmar
- Kakku - a hidden gem - must see
- A great find, the temples in the Shan hills
- Stunning stupa garden
Taunggyi Myanmar (Burma)
Tips for you
One of the Asia's largest and most spectacular ancient monuments is a wonderful Pagoda, some believed to be built since 12th century by one of the King of Bagan. You need to pay entrance fee at Taunggyi Town (US$3 per person), and engage one of the Pa-O staff there as tour guide (about US$5) before going to Kakku. From Tuanggyi to Kakku, the car journey will takes about 75 minutes. So, the only best solution is to follow a tour guide agency or you can get taxi driver to drive there. There are few small restaurant there (do not go to the chinese restaurant expensive), can chose the local myanmar restaurant, serve quite a good food too.