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The Kakku Stupas

The Kakku Stupas

Not far from Inle Lake, amongst the rolling hills of Shan State, is the little-visited but impressive Kakku.

The drive is spectacular, crossing over the railway line and through small villages inhabited by Pa-O minority groups. This area was closed to visitors for many years, and even now only a few intrepid tourists make their way through here.

The first view of Kakku is breathtaking: a landscape of more than 5,200 individual stupas, some of which are 20 metres (66 ft) high, and numerous Buddha images. The history of the stupas is unclear, but most date back to the 11th-13th centuries, contemporaneous with the height of the Bagan dynasty. Wander throughout the temples, taking your time to enjoy the site and discover the intricate carvings and details on the structures.

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The Kakku Stupas

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