Mystery Cave in Kayah State ( Myanmar + English )





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In Loikaw Township, Kayah State, there are hundreds of bizarre wooden coffins in the form of "natural caves" that are said to be inhabited by locals.

No one has been able to reach the end of the huge, long cave, so the government and experts have not been able to calculate the distance from start to finish.

The cave is about 10 miles east of Loikaw and can be reached by three miles on the Loikaw-Shadaw highway. Even at the foot of the mountain, you have to climb more than 100 feet to reach the cave entrance.

The entrance to the cave is about 20 feet wide and only 50 feet wide. Inside, it was dark and there was no more light than where the lights were on. ကျောက် စွေး၊ It is also a cave that cannot be entered or exited without fire due to the uneven entrance to the cave.

When we arrived, we had to use flashlights and cell phone lights. Inside, there are rocks and rocks. Due to the protruding rocks, some places are narrow enough for a person to walk on, but others are about 30 feet high and 50 feet wide on the bottom.

The interior walls of the cave smelled of bat droppings. Natural brown stone carvings can be seen. In some places the garlands look like waterfalls, while in others they look like rows of elephant heads and noses.

In some places there are bumps and bumps. In some places, springs have sprung up. About five hundred feet inside the cave, we saw large wooden coffins, as the locals say.

A large pile of fragments of broken wooden coffins was found unevenly. The coffins, which are still intact, were found on the ground. The coffins are 15 feet long and 2.5 feet wide, with a total of 15 found on the ground floor of the cave. Many large wooden heads, about 2.5 feet wide, were also found.

On the upper walls of the cave, the length, The caves are about 4 feet wide, and some of the caves have wooden heads as seen below. No human remains were found in the tombs or on the ground floor.

Some coffins have holes in the bottom and middle of the coffin, so some say it looks like a barn.

Some foreigners who visit the cave say that it could be boats, and it looks like a barn. The local government authorities have not yet commented on the allegations.

Along the way inside the cave, the wide areas are as big as a house and the narrow ones can only be avoided by two people. In some parts of the cave, a wide plateau can be seen from the bottom of the cave.



Actor Lwin Moe donated some 1,700-foot-long cables inside the cave and some light bulbs. Even the beauty of the cave is disgraced. When we went, we could not provide electricity because the generator was broken.

According to locals and state government officials, no one has been able to reach the cave, and no one knows where it died. The state government says some foreigners have explored the cave for about two miles before discovering it, but did not reach the end of the cave.

The Kayah state government has invited geologists to conduct research on the cave and will notify the Myanmar Archaeological Survey.

Although details about the cave are not yet known, the Kayah state government has built a staircase and a concrete staircase to the entrance of the cave to allow foreign tourists to visit.

According to local sources, the cave was first discovered by locals in the 1960s. Sayadaw U Wayama, who wears a robe near a cave, said that the cave was called a "ghost cave" by the locals because of the large number of coffin-shaped coffins found in the cave.

When he met Aung Lwin, a resident of Daw Oo Khu in Loikaw, who spent the night digging for bat dung in the cave to use as fertilizer in the fields about 15 years ago, he recounted the situation at that time.

“When we dug the bat dung, the coffins in the cave were not damaged. It is still intact in the caves in the cave. No one dared to touch the graves. We came here to bat bat, ”said Aung Lwin.

Once battered, they spend about a week in a cave full of food. Locals say bat manure is the best fertilizer for rice plants to grow and produce good yields.

In addition to farmers, there are also poppy growers who come to buy bat manure at a good price.

There are so many bats in the cave that they get about 15 baskets per person per week, and they come with ox carts all day long. Cooking and eating are done outside the cave, and people spend the night in the cave using flashlights.

“When batting bats, we go in groups with other farmers. I go out just to eat. It was so dark in the cave that it was always night. Noon is just a clock. During sleep, I often hear footsteps. My father always reminded me not to be afraid to stand up, ”said Aung Lwin.

At first, locals believed that ghosts lived in the cave. Later, more and more people came and went, and no one knew who had destroyed the coffins, and even bats could no longer hide.

"Tens of thousands of bats live inside," he said. Bats change places when we borrow money. We used to follow the path of the cave with bat droppings for about 2 miles. No one has reached the end yet, ”said Aung Lwin.

The locals did not have a definite answer as to why the caves in the cave were later destroyed. Prior to the unrest, ethnic armed groups operating in the area also took refuge in the cave.

In addition, couples often visit the cave after dating, and some drug users have entered the cave, and the locals want the cave to be properly maintained.