inle lake

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

One of the famous principal shrines in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five small Buddha images. Once a year, the Lights Festival coincident with Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival from end September to early October. The festival revolves around the procession of four sacred images, which usually reside with a fifth image at Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda for worship by the faithful all year round. For 18 days, the four images are taken out of Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda and carried in a spectacular procession around the 200 villages dotting Inle Lake, with an overnight stop at a pagoda in one of the villages, to enable devotees to flock around to make offerings and prayers.
On the 18th day, the images are escorted back to Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda amid great fanfare in a carnival atmosphere. The celebrations culminate, appropriately in the pulsating boat races of the Intha leg-rowers. Tour highlights in Inlay Lake are Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, Folating Plantation and Indein.

Nga Phe Kyaung  Monastery

Nga Phe Kyaung, a wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake four years before the construction of Mandalay Palace. It's known as the Jumping Cat Monastery because the monks there have trained a few cats to leap through small hoops. But a better reason to visit is to see the modest collection of Buddha images in Shan, Tibetan, Bagan and Inwa styles. Just as impressive as the Buddhas themselves are the tall, highly ornate, wood-and-mosaic pedestals and cases built for the images. Such pedestals are the specialties of Shan and Northern Thai Buddhist art and those at the monastery are over 100 years old.

Floating Plantation

The resourceful Inthas learnt that by gathering floating weeds and tethering them together, they could create plots of land on which they could grow vegetative and flowers. Thousands of floating gardens plots supplies vegetables to the region.

 

Indein

One of the small villages of Inlay Lake located on the western bank of the lake. A Buddha image has enshrined at a whitewashed stupa, which is on the summit of a hill. Below the stupa around the hill are cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas most are ruins overgrown with bushes. The pagoda hill is quiet and calm. One could feel the pleasant cool breeze with the sweet rings of the bells hanging at the umbrella of the stupa. Mesmerizing view from pagoda hill release the fatigue and refresh everybody who ascend to the peak.
This mysterious place is at the end of the marvellous Indein creek, which connected with Inlay Lake just after the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The creek is narrow with many twist and turns. Since the both sides are paddy fields you can see the farmers ploughing and harrowing by water buffaloes. At the lunch time while groups of farmers having lunch the water buffaloes enjoy themselves dipping in the creek. At many places in the creek the farmers dam up the water by bamboo barriers to irrigate the paddy fields. Indein water is not only useful for irrigation also for bathing and washing cloths. It is compulsory to see Novice monks, buffalo boys and village girls wash and swim in the creek.
 

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