Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
April 1, 2016 4354 Views
As a famous attraction of Inle Lake travel and located in the Inle Lake region of Shan State, the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda (or Phaung Daw U) is considered the most famous pagoda in the region and houses five unique Buddha images. The Buddha images have been covered with so many gold leaves in order to safe their original structure.
800 Year-old Golden Images in Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
At the center of the Pagoda is an ornate shrine with a pedestal, on which the 5 over-800-year-old images of the Buddha are kept in their original shapes. The gold leaves on the images are dailyapplied by Buddhist devotees who come to the monastery to pay their respect.
The images are originated from the dynasty of Aung Sithu King who was a pious Buddhist and built many Buddhist monuments including the famous Thatbyinnyu Temple in Bagan.
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival
During an Inle lake travel, it is indispensible for tourists to visit this well-known festival. The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival takes place in the 7th month of the Burmese lunar calendar (October in Western calendar) and features the passage of four revered Buddha images around the villages of Inle Lake.
It takes 18 days to complete this ceremony. Another outstanding activity of the festival are rowing competitions between the villages, using the renowned local one leg rowing style.
How to Get to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda?
Located in the western of Inle Lake, the pagoda can be easily reached by boat which visitors can book from the hotel or right at the pier.
Entrance Fee & Opening Hours of Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
The monastery is opened from 8 am to 6 pm every day. During the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival and other important Buddhist events, there are a lot of people in and around the region gathering together.
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