The small town of Kakku located about two hours drive from Nyaungshwe is one of the points essential and Myanmar.
Forgotten by package tours, Kakku is home to 2,478 stupas arranged in rows dating back to the 3rd century BC. c.
With a unique color this sanctuary of stupas, reminiscent of cemeteries in countries like Vietnam, but their constructions have nothing to do with funerary monuments.
The architectural style used in them is diverse and luckily today there are few tourists who approach this impressive placewhich will soon be part of all tour-operator routes.
Little by little and after realizing the magnet of this site for travelers , Kakku is undergoing a transformation consisting of restoring and caring for the stupas and improving access to these incredible remains.
Each stupa has bells in its highest part, which when the wind blows, offer us a very mystical melody. which opens our eyes and catapults us back to the reality of a country, full of wonderful enclaves like this one.
The only way to visit these ruins is through a member of the Pa-o tribe, since only they can act as guides.
To buy the ticket, we must stop at the town of Taunggyi and pay 3 dollars for the ticket per person plus 5 dollars for the guidebut this last price is not per person.
The figures of Buddhist deities, accompany the stupas and inside each of them we find a figure of greater or lesser size and antiquity.
Home of reptiles due to the heat of the ground, in Kakku, butterflies, dragonflies also inhabit and various species of arachnids, which will be seen.
The central part of the complex is crowned by a huge white stupa inside which we can find different images of Buddha as well as a corridor full of inscriptions.
This more modern looking area stands out for its white and gold color and for the images inside, depicting stories from the life of the Buddha.
The main pavilion is located next to a temple, with green pillars which contain an inscription on each of them.
Kakku has an enormous cultural richness, that have not yet been able to take advantage of that, any lover of Asian culture and ancient civilizations should visit Kakku, during their stay in Burmese lands.
How to get to Kaku
The easiest and cheapest way to get there is through an agency in Nyaungshwe. Composing a group of more than 4 people the price is ridiculous and is combined with a visit to a Pa-o village already a few caves similar to those of Pindaya.
We bought it for 7 people in smile moon restaurant and tourist agency. It is run by a young girl, who, despite being very heavy and persistent, offers good prices.
Essential to see in Myanmar.