Road Trip To Kakku, Myanmar (Burma)

by wired2theworld on May 3, 2016

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

After the market we had a 2 hour drive to the town of Taunggyi, in Shan State, where we had to stop at local Pa’ O people’s collective center. There, we had to pay an entrance fee to the area and hire a local guide (which makes sure that some tourist dollars make it back into the local community). Our guide changed from a modern young woman’s t-shirt and jeans into a traditional outfit before getting into the car with us. From there, we drove another hour or so to Kakku.

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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At the gates to Kakku.

While Kakku has been here for hundreds of years, the area has only relatively recently opened to tourists. In fact, my guide book didn’t even cover it. There are supposed to be over 2400 stupas at Kakku and I certainly wouldn’t want to try and count them to confirm. I’ll just take their word for it.

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While there were a few cars out front, we pretty much had the complex to ourselves. Bonus to being there in the low season.

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There were Buddhas everywhere.

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Like all temples and pagodas in Burma, you have to leave your shoes at the entrance. This made for some slippery stones in the rain.

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Our lovely guide.

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Beautiful views from the back of the temple.

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

After walking around the complex, we went across from the entrance to a large, but empty restaurant (no surprise because there were virtually no other tourists there). The food was affordable and very good.

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

We ordered the traditional tea leaf salad which was yet a completely different version, but still enjoyable.

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Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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Obligatory “stand in front of monument” shot.

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Anything can be carried on the back of a moto.

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which is well known for it’s circular windows.

Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery

 
Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery

Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery

Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery

Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery

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