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Inle Lake Attractions

Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda

Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda in Inlay lake is very famous. Inside the pagoda are five Buddha Images and the festival is held yearly in Thadingyut(October) with grandeur.

Inle Floating Gardens

The lake weed of Inle is collected by the Intha people to create floating gardens, which are anchored to the lake bed with bamboo poles. These floating gardens, called kyun-hmaw,which are built-up from strips of water hyacinth and mud, dredged from the lake bed, which breaks down into a rich humus; it take 50 years to produce a layer 1 m thick. The floating allotments are anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Intha farmers grow flowers and vegetables such as tomatoes and squash on long strips of floating land.

Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery

The Nga Phe Kyaung is an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake at the end of the 1850s. The monastery is home to a collection of ancient Bagan, Shan, Tibet and Ava-style Buddha images. the monastery may be of interest to visit because its monks have taught a few of the many cats living with them to jump through hoops.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

The Phaung Daw Oo Festival is the biggest and most important occasion in the Shan State. During the 18 days of the festival, a ceremonial barge carries four of the five Phaung Daw Oo images around the lake, from village to village, to bless the village monasteries. These images sometimes stay overnight at some villages and sometimes just stop over for a short while. Rowing competitions are also held. Pilgrims from all over the country come to this festival to pay homage to the Buddha Images. Many are from the plains, some from the mountains, while others are from small remote villages but everybody is here to gain merit and enjoy the festive air of the event. The festival is generally held in September or October, depending on the Myanmar calendar. 

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