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Inle Lake is long 22km and wide 11km. The lake is at 1328 metres above sea level. The lake dwellers are one-legged rowers. They are well-known for it.There are about 18 villages around the lake. The lake is full of floating vegetations and houses. Hand made products such as bags, baskets are made from water hyacinth. Some villagers also grow rice. Vegetations are tomatoes, beans, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant, garlic, onion, betel, melon, papaya and banana. Also make their living by fishing. The silk dresses and clothes are popular.Produce silverware also.

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  • Kakku Pagoda

Kakku pagoda is 3th century B.C Ashoka of the Indian Empire and also to the 11th. Asoka?s stupendous and monumental works of charity, where donated most significantly 84, 000 wells, 84, 000 ponds, 84,000 pagodas among many others forms or deeds of merits.Many ancient pagodas found in Myanmar. Taung Thu Kun Hnyat meaning Taung= 7, Thu= 6, Kun= 2, Hnyat= 3 Totaling= 7, 623 pagodas.?The Later census conducted in the years 1928 , recorded the number as 2548 pagodas.

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  • Shwe Yaunghew Kyaung
  • Shan Museum

Inle Lake is 22km long and about 11km wide. The lake is at 1328 metres above sea level in Myanamr. Inle is one of the most popular tourist destination in the Shan State. The lake is full of floating vegetations and houses. The lake dwellers are one-legged rowers.

They are well-known for it. They are called as “Inthar” meaning people of the lake. There are about 18 villages around the lake. They are Buddhist and about a hundred Buddhist monasteries can be found. A lot small pagodas can be found too. The floating water hyacinth are the major products of this region in Myanmar. Many hand made products such as bags, baskets are made from water hyacinth. Other vegetations are tomatoes, beans, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant, garlic, onion, betel, melon, papaya and banana.

Some villagers also grow rice. The lake is nearly 100 km North to South but only 5 km wide and there are more than 200 villages on or around it, supporting a population of about 1 50,000. Most are lntha people (Intha means ‘sons of the lake’) who are of Mon rather than Shan descent, originally from South East Burma.

The main lake town is Nyaung Shwe (Yaunghwe), 11 km from the Shwe Nyaung junction on the Heho-Taunggyi road and 1 km from the lake-although the main part of town is a bit further from the lake. Fifteen minutes from the market is an old Shan stilt palace, beautifully carved and constructed of teak. The main sight is Phaung Daw U pagoda on the lake, one of the 3 principle shrines in Burma (1 2 km from Nyaung Shwe). Phaung Daw is the name of the royal bird. The building dates from the 18th century but has been greatly altered over the years, and plans are afoot to further enlarge the complex.

It houses five 12th century Buddha images, which have completely lost their shape due to the fact that devotees are constantly plastering them with gold leaf. To the right of the main shrine there are 2 golden pedestals used to transport the images during the festivalThe boat used in the procession is housed in a shed in the complex.

In 1965 at the annual Phaung Daw U festival, the royal boat capsized in a storm and the 4 images sank – this is all documented in a series of photographs in the pagoda. They were all salvaged and a statue of the royal bird was erected in the lake at the disaster site. There is a market beneath the pagoda selling local textiles, knives and assorted domestic wares and some antiques.

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