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Life on Inle Lake, Myanmar (part 4)

This is the forth set of photos from Inle Lake.  The people live in mostly wooden homes resting on stilts which is what this set mostly contains. Click these links to see the other photos in this series, part 1, part 2, part 3, part 5. To see more about our visit to Myanmar, click here.  Upcoming posts about … Continue reading

Life on Inle Lake, Myanmar (part 3)

This is the third set of photos from Inle Lake.  The people live in mostly wooden homes resting on stilts which is what this set mostly contains. Click these links to see the other photos in this series, part 1, part 2, part 4, part 5. To see more about our visit to Myanmar, click here.  Upcoming posts about … Continue reading

Life on Inle Lake, Myanmar (part 2)

This is the second set of photos of the people of Inle Lake.  They live in mostly wooden homes resting on stilts.  As they live in and on a lake, the primary mode of transport is these small wooden boats or canoes. This series of photos highlight the Inle Lake people as they go about their … Continue reading

Life on Inle Lake, Myanmar (part 1)

The people of Inle Lake live in mostly wooden homes resting on stilts.  As they live in and on a lake, the primary mode of transport is these small wooden boats or canoes. This series of photos highlight the Inle Lake people as they go about their day on the lake – the brightly coloured … Continue reading

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda – Inle Lake, Myanmar

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda (also spelled Paung Daw Oo or Hpaung Daw U or a mix of any of these) is a pagoda complex in the Inle Lake area. The pagoda houses five small gilded images of Buddha, which are believed to have been brought to the area in the 12th century.  They are covered in … Continue reading

The Leg Rowing Fishermen of Inle Lake, Myanmar

The fishermen of Inle Lake have a unique way of rowing.  Essentially they stand on the very far end of their small boats, and wrap one leg around the oar and then use this to row.  The lake is full of weeds and plants, which if they were sitting, they wouldn’t see and also allows … Continue reading

Nga Phe Chang Monastery – Jumping Cat Monastery – Inle Lake, Myanmar

Nga Phe Chaung is a wooden monastery built on stilts and the oldest & largest one in Inle Lake.  Approxmately 200 years old, it’s also known as the Jumping Cat Monastery.   In previous years the monks there trained a few cats to leap through small hoops.  However, after the death of the head monk, the … Continue reading

Ancient stupas at Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda – Inle Lake, Myanmar

The Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda complex was pretty amazing, so I figured a second post about it with a few more photos was in order.  The first post is the Ruins and Ruining of Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda. As a reminder, The Shwe Inn Tain pagoda is near the Inn Dain Khone village on the western bank … Continue reading

Ruins and Ruining of Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda – Inle Lake, Myanmar

So finally, as promised the blog post about the Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda complex! The Shwe Inn Tain pagoda is near the Inn Dain Khone village on the western bank of Inle Lake.  There are apparently 1054 pagodas, but I confess, I didn’t count them.  They were built between 14th & 18th Centuries. Myanmar is, from … Continue reading

Village life near Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda complex – Inle Lake, Myanmar

The day we visited Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda complex (which will be coming up shortly in a future post) we also visited the Shwe Inn Tain Monastery and a small market.  On our way to the pagoda complex, we walked through some of the villages in the area. Our group stopped in at a local home, but I, and a number … Continue reading

Pa’o Market near Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda complex – Inle Lake, Myanmar

A short distance from the main Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda complex (which will be coming up shortly in a future post) is the Shwe Inn Tain Monastery and this small market. Many of the market sellers were of the Pa’o ethnic group.  Many of them are easily identified by the traditional woven cloth headwear.  Tradition is obviously changing with … Continue reading

School near Shwe Inn Tain – Inle Lake, Myanmar

One of the things we did while visiting the area near Shwe Inn Tain was to visit a local school at a village.  The tour company we were travelling with supports the local school with donations and technology.  The school was a very basic setup.  Just 3 or 4 class rooms and the short visit by … Continue reading

Shwe Inn Tain Monastery – Inle Lake, Myanmar

Just near the market, a short distance from the main Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda complex (which will be coming up shortly in a future post) is the Shwe Inn Tain Monastery. This handful of crumbling ruins provides a stark contrast to the bustling produce market across the road. Unfortunately I don’t know anything about the the history of … Continue reading

Produce Market near Bagan, Myanmar (part 2)

This is the second part of the photos from a produce market we visited near Bagan.  As I mentioned in the previous post, the markets in Myanmar were a real highlight for us so I couldn’t resist doing a second post with these beautiful photos (or at least they were before I shrunk them and reduced … Continue reading

Mount Popa near Bagan, Myanmar

About 50kms from Bagan is Mount Popa.  At the top of a flight of 777 stairs (no I didn’t count them) is a monastery at the summit of Taung Kalatt.  This is a popular pilgrimage site as its considered the home of the most powerful Nats (spirits) and also has religious relics. You need to give … Continue reading

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