February 26, 2014
Good grief! That guy and his music. Playing off and on all night. I wonder if this town has a noise ordinance. He certainly qualifies as a nuisance of sorts. I don't mind the music blasting but all night! Wonder what his neighbors think? Anyway this morning I have something differnet-scrambled eggs with onion and tomato-yummy! Our guy is right on time and we head off walking to the pier/jetty whatever you want to call it. Lots of construction going on in town. Same kinds of lake scenery but then, wait, loads of INTHA fishermen with the cages and I know they're posing because this is so different from yesterday. Lots of boats stopped, tourists taking pictures. I think I got some good shots.
|New building going up|
|This guy is hitting the water to scare the fish??|
We're lucky as the 5 day market is in INDEIN today. Pa-O village. Running on a 5 day schedule the markets rotate their way around the lake, allowing for each hilltribe to descend for their shopping. With bright towel like scarfs on their heads and those colorful woven bags, the Pa-O are distinct. Locals from all the villages come here by boat to sell their fruits, vegetables, and other goods. There's a lot of tourist stands where you can buy souvenirs, local handicraft. A feast for the eyes-so much color. Lots of photo ops. Good people watching place. Also AUNG MIN GA LAR PAGODA.
|Aung Mingalar Pagoda|
|Our boat guide and me on this bridge.|
|Hnin Thitsar umbrella and paper workshop|
|Paper and umbrella place|
|A tour group from OAT|
|I watched as the demonstration yielded a square of paper with OAT spelled out in flower petals.|
|Paper for sale|
|Umbrellas for sale|
|Aung Chan Ther silver workshop|
|Cheroot place but we didn't stop here.|
Now that we understand each other (my fault as I should have told him right at the start) we get to SHWE INN TAIN PAGODA. Lies near Indein village. Camera fee 500k per. Same goes for video camera. The walkway is very long and I was getting pretty tired. I thought we'd never get there. As you walk there are lots of souvenir sellers. Ruined stupas and Buddha. Crumbling pagodas. Some as old as 8th century. Restored and unrestored next to each other.
|Long covered walkway leading up to Shwe Inn Tain|
|Restored and unrestored side by side|
|Water buffaloes enjoying themselves|
|Leaving we notice the bamboo barrier dam which helps with irrigation|
|Pretty neat bridge ahead|
PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA The lakes main sanctuary which contains 5 sacred Buddha images covered in gold. They represent Kakkusandra, Kaunagamana, Kasatpa, Gautama, and Arainmareya Buddhas. However, they look like lumps due to all the gold leaf that has been applied to them. Women not allowed to touch the statues. It's believed that the images were brought to Inle Lake by King Alaungsithu of Bagan. There's a replica of a royal barge designed like a hintha bird. During the month of Thadingyut-Sept.-Oct.-a festival is held during which 4 of the images are placed in this barge. One image always remains at the temple. This decorated barge is towed by several boats of leg rowers rowing in unison. An impressive procession on the water. The barge is towed from village to village. There's a story that sometime about 50 yrs. ago the barge carrying the images capsized and only 3 of the 4 images were recovered. But when they returned the missing image was sitting in its place! Feeling very hot my husband and I wander over to a stand and buy some drinks-coke and sprite. Lots of people here. There's an ATM and a branch of Kanbawza Bank where I change $100 to 97800k.
|Golden hintha barge|
|ATM and bank branch|
|Applying gold leaf|
|Ladies are prohibited|
|Ceiling and walls|
|Feeding the birds|
NGA HPE KYAUNG MONASTERY Used to be known as JUMPING CAT MONASTERY but we are told there's a new abbott and he said no more jumping cats. There are cats here but they are lying around, not jumping through hoops, etc.
|Cats don't jump anymore|
Another long day. Cost for the boat trip today 20000k. At the hotel Ko says we will go to Kakku tomorrow. Everything I wanted to do is coming together so nicely.
|Spent 2 days on the lake with "Joe"|
|Walking back to the PG I take a picture of our shadows|
|Even kids in Myanmar play in a makeshift fort|
|More hotels being built in town|
|Last of our wine|
|Too much mushroom and cheese!|