Inle Lake

This vast lake is located in the heart of Shan State which shares borders with Thai & Laos. And it climbs up to over 900 metres above sea level and outrageously beautiful. Inle Lake is located in the mountains so it is cooler than other areas. More than 30 hill tribes are living in the mountains. This vast picturesque lake, 900 metres above sea-level, is one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar. The lake, 22 km long and 10 km across, has a population of some 150,000, many of whom live on floating islands of vegetation. Inle Lake, natural and unpolluted, is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas, the native lake dwellers. Inle Lake, natural and unpolluted, is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg rowing of the Inthas, the native lake dwellers. High hills rim the lake on both sides. The lakeshore and lake islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people./p>

Attractions and Around

Phaungdawoo pagoda

One of the famous principal shrines in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five small Buddha images. Once a year, in end Sept-early Oct., there is a pagoda festival during which the five Buddha images are rowed around the Lake in a colourful barge. Situated in Inle Lake, one of the most dazzlirng and magical places in Asia. It is held on a grand scale for 18 days, usually falls in October (sometimes in September). Four Buddha Images out of five from Phaung-daw-oo Pagoda are carried on royal barge and conveyed around 14 villages on the Lake. The barge is towed by the boats of leg -rowers and hundreds of boats follow the procession. The large crowds of people gather on the lake-shores to celebrate the occasion. It is really a splendid sight. Among the dance shows and fun-fairs, the most interesting event of the festival, especially for foreigners, is their boat race – due to their unique leg rowing. It is the one and only place in the world that one can see such marvelous act. This year Phaugdawoo Pagoda festival will begin on 22nd September and end on 9th October 28th of September and 2nd of October are special?recommend for taking photographs. One of the famous principal shrines in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five small Buddha images, which are much revered by the lake-dwellers. Once a year, in late September – early October, there is a pagoda festival during which, four of the five Buddha images tour around the lake in a colorful.


Taunggyi

Taunggyi was established as a key center in the 1890s, when Sir J. George Scott had the state’s administration moved there, and is the present capital of Shan State. The city’s elevation is 4980 ft. The focal point of Taunggyi is the market area on the main road. The old market is dominated by foodstuffs and household goods while the New Market has clothes and black-market goods. Every five days the old market ground hosts a busy tribal market that attracts lots of traders from the hills – it moves in a circuit from Taunggyi to Pwehla, Kalaw, Pindaya, Heho and back to Taunggyi. Shan State Cultural Museum in the southern end of the town has displays of colorful tribal costumes, weapons, musical instruments, jewelry, old photos and displays on the peace treaty signed between Shan Sawbwas (Chieftains) and the government in 1947. As part of the full-moon celebrations during the Burmese lunar month of Tazaungmon (October/November), the city holds a huge fire-balloon festival, when hundres of hot-air balloons in a kaleidoscope of colors and shapes are released into sky to pay homage to the Buddha. During the time of the eight-day festival, accommodation can be very hard to find as tens of thousands of people from all over Burma come to take part in this festival.


Kakku

The pagoda area of Kakku (also known as Kekku) lies just 25 miles (40 km) south of Taunggyi in a region controlled by the Pa-O National Organization (PNO). Since 1991 the PNO has had a ceasefire agreement with the Burmese Military. Kakku is the religious centre of the Pa-O people. The drive to Kekku takes about 45 minute from Taunggyi through the homeland of the Pa-O. Kakku itself covers an area of one square kilometer and contains more than 2,500 stupas. Most of these stupas are thought to date back to the 16th century although many more have been added over the centuries. Nobody knows the exact origin of this forest of pagodas, but one story is that a wild bear helped married a couple to find gold relics of the Buddha in the ground. As a token of their gratitude for this treasure, they built the first stupa here. Later the words wet (pig) and ku (help) were corrupted into the present name Kakku. For a long time this temple area was unknown to the outside world. Today some of the old, more dilapidated stupas are being renovated. The sight of these thousands of stupas, tightly packed together and often decorated with legendary, filigree figures, is hugely impressive.


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