Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in the Nyaung Shwe Township. It is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 44.9 square miles (116 km2), and one of the highest at an altitude of 2,900 feet (880 m). During the dry season, the average water depth is 7 feet (2.1 m), with the deepest point being 12 feet (3.7 m), but during the rainy season this can increase by 5 feet (1.5 m).Although the lake is not large, it contains a number of endemic species.
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
Paung Daw U Pagoda is a notable Buddhist site in Myanmar. It is located on the Inle Lake in Shan State.The pagoda houses five small gilded images of Buddha, which have been covered in gold leaf to the point that their original forms cannot be seen. The gold-leaf application to such excess is relatively recent. Old photographs hanging on the monastery walls show some of the images in a more pristine form. It is reported that some gold has been removed on occasion to reduce its mass. Although the monastery is open to all for veneration, only men are permitted to place gold leaf on the images. Another part of the ritual for pilgrims is to place a small robe or thing an around the images, and to take the robe back to their houses and place it on their own altar as a token of respect for the Buddha and his teachings.
A floating market is a market where goods are sold from boats. Originating in times and places where water transport played an important role in daily life. Now floating markets became one of the most tourism destinations. The floating market at Damnoen Saduak is the old traditional way of selling vegetables, fruits, etc. from a small boat. Produce sold includes Malacca grape, Chinese grapefruit, mangoes, bananas, and coconut. This is also the costliest market. There is one famous fruit called as star fruit.
Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery
Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery is located from north of Nyaung Shwe and is well-known by photographers because of its unique oval-shape windows which serve as eye-catching frames when novice monks stand to look out. The monastery has a beautifully carved, gilded ceiling. The red painted, teak-wood building is an interesting architectural structure on its own. It’s over 150 years old and sits on sturdy stilts. Inside are mosaics, mirrors and ornate carvings, some gilded with gold.
Sagar is situated on the bank of the Beluo Chaung river and near the border of Shan and Kayah states. Sawbwa ruled this region before Myanmar is independent country. This region was eliminated by all Sawbwa after the Second World War. Histories tell that once Sagar was a powerful principality. Now there are many ancient pagodas and monasteries and hidden in the mist of history in Sagar. Nowadays Pa O is the main ethnic group in this region. The boat trip to Sagar is enjoyable with hazy blue mountain dotted floating farms various kinds of indigenous birds and many inthars villages. The local methods of producing high degree of Alcohol, (CS-country spirit) fermented and extracted from Bran Rice is interesting in Sagar. A family making monk’s robes produced from fabrics of thousands of lotus stems is very famous.
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