Inle is a vast shallow freshwater lake located in the heart of Shan State, over 900 metres above sea level. It is Myanmar’s first designated place of World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and the second largest lake in Myanmar which is densely inhabited by many different tribes. The floating markets, the Shan leg rowers and the lifestyles of the Inthars are the main tourist attractions.
Nyaung Shwe contains the main port to Inle Lake. Taunggyi hot air balloons festival is another interesting event of Myanmar. Pindaya Caves has great Buddha Images in different sizes. Kakku Pagodas are still the untouched architectures of the ancient times. Hopong and Kalaw are the other cities to visit nearby.
Phaungdawoo Pagoda is an amazing floating pagoda in the Inle Lake. Tourist can have great enjoyment in experiencing the boat racing competition during the Phaungdawoo Pagoda festival.
Ngaphechaung, the biggest and oldest Monastery of the 1850s, located in Inle Lake, is an attractive and ancient monastery, built over the lake on huge pieces of teak wood with traditional architecture. The monastery is also known for a collection of old Myanmar's Buddha images from different areas that are worth seeing.
Indein is one of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western end bank of the lake. The Shwe Indein Pagoda is a group of ancient Buddhist pagodas in the village of Indein, A Buddha image has been enshrined at a whitewashed stupa which is on the summit of a hill.
Alodaw Pauk Pagoda is one of the oldest shrines on Inle lake, built on stilts. The white stupa enshrines a gem-encrusted Shan-style Buddha. The pagoda houses four different looking Buddhas. One of the 84000 pagodas built by the king Thiri Dhamma Thawka. It was then known as Innphaya Pagoda. When King Anawrahta arrived, he only found the foot of the pagoda left, so he rebuilt. When King Alaungsithu later visited the place he made a vow on the jewelled bowl turned down and in the bowl came the relics of Buddha. So King Alaungsithu following to the legend rebuilt the pagoda enshrining the jewelled bowl, a stone obtained from the clouds, a stone obtained from the ivories, a pearl and all kinds of jewellery. four gold statues and seven silver statues. It was named Yadana Pagoda or Down-turned Bowl Pagoda. King Narapatisithu rebuilt it again enshrining eight gold statues, 15 silver statues and seven pyis of jewels. It was then named Alodaw Pauk Pagoda.
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