Remembering Legends

Famous for its floating villages and fishermen who manoeuvre their oar with a leg, Inle Lake in the western Shan State has been popular among tourists.

Surrounded by the magnificent Shan hills, Inle Lake – the second largest in Myanmar – is located in Nyaung Shwe township of Taunggyi district.

Every October, people from near and far come to the district to pay respect to the five gold-leaf covered 800-year-old images of Buddha houses in the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda at the west end of the lake.

Legend has it that King Alaungsithu, who travelled extensively around the country, arrived at Inle Lake on his barge and ordered the construction of the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.

This festival is usually held for 18 days, starting from the first day of the moon to three days after the full moon in the Burmese lunar month of Thadingyut. During this festival, a convoy of hundreds of boats escort four Buddha images to the surrounding 14 villages for 18 days.

Only four Buddha statues are taken out during this festival because once a barge carrying all five images tipped over and one image went missing. However, it mysteriously appeared in the temple again. September 29 to October 16. Inle Lake, Shan State

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