Road builders uncover historic caves

Buddha images, wall paintings and caves have been uncovered where a road is being constructed near Pyar village, Myingyan Township, Mandalay Region.

Than Aung from Pyar village, who found the Buddha images, said: “The old road between Sakyartaung and Pyar villages is very poor so we decided to replace it. When I was digging out a tree, I found a cave and some shrines. We found 16 caves, murals and many ancient Buddha images. The cave entrances have two lion statues. The authorities think they were decorated between the Innwa and Konbaung eras. They can’t read the stone inscriptions.”

The Department of Archaeological Research and the National Museum have labelled the find significant to cultural heritage.