Sight seeing from Myanmar Inle Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort Hotel
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
The festival is held in October each year. The festival is the most
spectacular festivals in Myanmar. Four of the Buddha images are place in the
imitation royal barge and are rowed around the lake stopping each monastery.
There are boat races during the festival with three long boats with 100 leg
rowers in each boat competing.
Pindaya is a small, charming town, centered round a lake, called Nattamiekan
or Angels Lake. The main sight in the area is Pindaya Cave ( Shwe Oo Min Cave )
- the limestone caves contain a maze of chambers with 6,226 Buddha statues. Some
of the images are tiny, others are huge, and are made of white marble, bronze or
plaster, coated with gold leaf. Some of the smaller caves within the complex
serve as meditation chambers. The main stupa dates from the 12 th century. This
small town in Central Myanmar is ideal for an excursion on the way from Bagan /
Mandalay to Taunggyi and Lugu Lake.
Pindaya is situated at 1164-m above sea level and is 40-km from Kalaw. It is
noted for its extensive limestone caves and Shwe U Min Paya which is full of
Buddha images of about 8000 a and picturesque Boutaloke Lake. Pindaya itself is
a center for the Myanmar speaking Taung-yo people. Local handicrafts include
Shan paper and parasols made from mulberry bark.
The town's symbol is a spider. According to the legend, seven princesses
bathing in the lake took refuge in the cave during a storm where they were
imprisoned by a giant spider. It is a good place to begin short treks to
surrounding Danu , Pa -O, Palaung and taung-yo villages.
The Pindaya caves are in limestone ridge overlooking the Pindaya lake and is
full of thousands of Buddha images made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick,
lacquer and cement which have been put there over centuries and arranged in such
a way as to form a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers. In these
caves, you may come across lay people practicing meditation. The Pindaya caves
are in limestone ridge overlooking the Pindaya lake and is full of thousands of
Buddha images made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement which
have been put there over centuries and arranged in such a way as to form a
labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers. In these caves, you may come
across lay people practicing meditation.
Kekku the hidden treasure
There was an old Shan farmer couple living near Kekku Pagoda. One evening the
old couple saw the glittering light coming out from the bushes. They tried to
dig the light but was not successful. Then one pig from a group of wild pigs
helped the couple by digging the earth with her nose. Eventually there was
success and the couple found some relics & Buddha statues in silver & gold. A
small pagoda was built covering the relics & images & it was named " Wet-Ku "
meaning the pagoda was built with the assistance from the pig. Wet stands for
pig & Ku means help. As times part the name Wet-Ku was changed to Kekku.
We don't exactly know who built the pagoda but according to the legend there
were over 2400 pagodas at the side with 2 big staircecases coming up from the
northern & south eastern side of the pagoda. There was also a big bell used to
warn the people around when the Chinese invades. Eventually the invading Chinese
pushed the bell into the stream down into the valley & the bell was never found.
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King Alaung Sithu ( AD 1113 – 1163 ) of Bagan toured around Inle Lake on royal
barge. His route was duly recorded in writing. The pagoda was Phaung Daw Oo
Pagoda or Shwe Thantaung Pagoda & the following pagodas were built by King
1. Shwe Thantaung Pagoda
2. Shwe Inndaing Pagoda
3. Alodaw Pauk Pagoda
4. Taungtoe-Hinthakya Pagoda
5. Mawpi Pagoda, and
6. Tar-Kaung Pagodas, which is quite well-known in the south of Inle Lake.
The most well known is Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda with yearly worshipping ceremony
of it's Buddha Statues which are conveyed around on a decorated barge in Inle.
Amongst these pagodas Tar-Khaung Pagoda well known for it's ancient designs &
forms. Most of the shrines are in good condition & retains art work & structures
dating back 500 yrs. It is built with different artistic style and it's
unequalled anywhere in Shan State.
Especially, the Reclining Buddha Image at the Tar-Khaung has all along been
emellished with different artistic styles, and so is unequalled by any other
image in southern Shan States. It is also to be noted that numerous as the
reclining Buddha images are in Myanmar, there are none as wondrous, or
aweinspiring, as the Reclning Buddha Image at Tar-Khaung Pagodas.
Shwe Inndaing Pagoda is for it's numerous shrines decorated with paintings &
artwork of ancient Bagan origin.
Alodaw Pauk Pagoda is well-known for its Patronage by famous ancient monarchs
and most venerable.
Tar-Khaung Pagoda with its group of shrines TarKhaung Village, falling in the
domain of Sagar TarKhaung region boasts many ancient structures here are mostly
Shans, along with Pa Os, Innthas and Taungyoes, who was as good Buddhists built
many pagodas close to one another. Across from TarKhaung on the eastern bank of
Belu Chaung Creek stands ancient Yun ( Shan ) town, still with some remains of
its town wall.
Among the donated pagodas of King Alaungsithu still standing in Inle region
in southern Shan State, the Alodaw Pauk, TarKhaung and ancient Payani Pagoda are
noteworthy in that they have been visited by a famous Sayadaw from Singapore who
donated a lot to repair & renovate the pagoda.