Kawgon Cave


Kawgon Cave was known as Kogun in colonial days. It is also called Cave of the Ten Thousand Buddhas. It is a very important 7th century archaeological site. First visited by Europeans in January 1827, by the oriental scholar John Crawfurd. An important site of Buddhist statuaries (Malcolm, 1837; Temple, 1894; Kusch, 1987).


There is an entrance fee for foreigners, 3000k (US$3). The cave is more of a rock shelter than a true cave. The rock cliff is almost covered with clay tablets high on the walls, and there are Buddhas everywhere, with a reclining Buddha in a separate outer building. The only chamber is lit by daylight. We surveyed the cave which is only 52m.

About 36 km north of Moulmein, about 1 km west of the Salween River, 9 km WSW of Hpa An.

See photos of Kaw Gon on my blog.

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