There is a place 30 km south of Pyay, between Yangon and Mandalay, where customs officials have become real sculptors of Buddhas.
♦ At the end of the Second Anglo-Burman War, in the mid-19th century, Myanmar and British merchandise collection posts were located side by side on Akauk Taung on the Ayeyarwaddy River. All freight carriers had to pay the tax at both stations.
♦ Customs officers, in order to occupy their sometimes long time waiting for the next boat, undertook to sculpt hundreds of Buddhas in the steep cliffs. The sailors could then pray before these religious images. Mount Akauk Taung is still on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River.