Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is in Inle Lake, one of the must tourist attractions in Myanmar. By enjoying this place, you can also research the tradition and culture of Shan People.
Features of Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
The five small gilded Images, assume to be more than 800 years old, dwell in Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. Much of golden leaves completely cover these small images so that everyone will not know their original forms. However, you will notice the more pristine figure in the old pictures which hang on the wall. Many consider that people removed some gold plates in order that they would like to reduce the mass. Even though both of the men and women have an equal opportunity to visit the pagoda, only the man can offer gold leaf to the images. People who trust in Buddha, proffer the small robe around these images. After that they take it back to their houses and place it on the shrine according to their traditions. They believe that it will take the best of luck to them.
History of Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
Many consider that King Alaungsithu of Bagan brought these Buddha Images. The king was a great donor for pagodas and monasteries. The king spent most of his time by traveling on water both inland and abroad with his Barge. He constructed the Barge with wood including philosopher’s stone. This stone empowered the Barge to transfer anywhere where the king pointed at. One day, during his water journey, he visited to the Inle Lake and his Barge could not move at this place. So the king set the Buddha Images at this spot and it became Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival
It is one of the well-known pageants in Myanmar. This festival always held annually and it lasts for 18 days. Not only local but also tourists enjoy the traditional festival of Inle Lake. It usually celebrates in the Myanmar Month of Thadingyut, during October.
Within this ceremony, people place the four Buddha Images on the duplicate of Barge which design as a hintha bird. After that, they start to travel around Inle Lake so as to be respected. One image always has to remain at the Pagoda. During 1960s, all of the Buddha Images were placed on the Barge in order to wander around Inle Lake. At this time, the environment became the windy condition and enormous waves appeared around Inle Lake. So the Barge overturned and the images dropped into the lake. Many considered that people could not find out only an image but the last four. However, when they went back to the pagoda, the lost image were sitting at it’s place. Thenceforth, people have been transferring the last four images.
Characters of Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival
Several boats which include leg-rowers of Inle Lake who encircle around the Barge. The Barge travels around the lake from village to village in clockwise direction. The most interesting point of the festival is the day when the images arrive the central town of Nyaung Shwe. It is where the most of pilgrims from neighboring regions come to respects by their boats. You will see hundreds of floating boats around Inle Lake.
Entrance Fee and Opening Hour
You only have to pay Inle Zone fees and it will cost around 13$ to 15$. If you pay with Myanmar currency, you will cost around 15000 kyats. Then you have to pay camera fees and it will not cost more than 1$. The pagoda opens daily from 8am to around 6pm. Do not need to charge any admission fee. During Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, it will definitely be crowded.