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Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3   Leave a comment


Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda, IPA: [pʰàʊɴ dɔ̀ ʔú pʰəjá]), also spelt Hpaung Daw Oo or Phaung Daw Oo) is a notable Buddhist site in Myanmar (formerly Burma), located on the Inle Lake in Shan State.

Surrounding the Pagoda, and in the basement are shops selling traditional Shan and Burmese merchandise.

Images

The pagoda houses five small gilded images of Buddha, which have been covered in gold leaf to the point that their original forms cannot be seen. The gold-leaf application to such excess is relatively recent. Old photographs hanging on the monastery walls show some of the images in a more pristine form. It is reported that some gold has been removed on occasion to reduce its mass. Although the monastery is open to all for veneration, only men are permitted to place gold leaf on the images. Another part of the ritual for pilgrims is to place a small robe or thingan around the images, and to take the robe back to their houses and place it on their own altar as a token of respect for the Buddha and his teachings.

 

Inserted from Wikipedia by SP Lim

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 3

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 2   Leave a comment


Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 2

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda, IPA: [pʰàʊɴ dɔ̀ ʔú pʰəjá]), also spelt Hpaung Daw Oo or Phaung Daw Oo) is a notable Buddhist site in Myanmar (formerly Burma), located on the Inle Lake in Shan State.

Surrounding the Pagoda, and in the basement are shops selling traditional Shan and Burmese merchandise.

Images

The pagoda houses five small gilded images of Buddha, which have been covered in gold leaf to the point that their original forms cannot be seen. The gold-leaf application to such excess is relatively recent. Old photographs hanging on the monastery walls show some of the images in a more pristine form. It is reported that some gold has been removed on occasion to reduce its mass. Although the monastery is open to all for veneration, only men are permitted to place gold leaf on the images. Another part of the ritual for pilgrims is to place a small robe or thingan around the images, and to take the robe back to their houses and place it on their own altar as a token of respect for the Buddha and his teachings.

Inserted by SP Lim from Wikipedia

 

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 2

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 2

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 2

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 2

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 2

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 2

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 2

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 2

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 2

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 2

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 2

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar ~ Take 2

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda of Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar   Leave a comment


Inserted from Wikipedia  by SP Lim

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda, IPA: [pʰàʊɴ dɔ̀ ʔú pʰəjá]), also spelt Hpaung Daw Oo or Phaung Daw Oo) is a notable Buddhist site in Myanmar (formerly Burma), located on the Inle Lake in Shan State.

Surrounding the Pagoda, and in the basement are shops selling traditional Shan and Burmese merchandise.

Images

The pagoda houses five small gilded images of Buddha, which have been covered in gold leaf to the point that their original forms cannot be seen. The gold-leaf application to such excess is relatively recent. Old photographs hanging on the monastery walls show some of the images in a more pristine form. It is reported that some gold has been removed on occasion to reduce its mass. Although the monastery is open to all for veneration, only men are permitted to place gold leaf on the images. Another part of the ritual for pilgrims is to place a small robe or thingan around the images, and to take the robe back to their houses and place it on their own altar as a token of respect for the Buddha and his teachings.

Phaung Daw U Festival

Phaung Daw U Pagoda Festival karaweik barge.

The images are of differing sizes, range from about nine to eighteen inches tall. Being essentially solid gold, the images are extremely heavy. It is believed that the Buddha images were brought to Inlay Lake by King Alaungsithu.

Annual festival

Annually, during the Burmese month of Thadingyut (from September to October), an 18-day pagoda festival is held, during which four of the Buddha images are placed on a replica of a royal barge designed as a hintha birdand taken throughout Inlay Lake. One image always remains at the temple. The elaborately decorated barge is towed by several boats of leg-rowers rowing in unison, and other accompanying boats, making an impressive procession on the water. The barge is towed from village to village along the shores of the lake in clockwise fashion, and the four images reside at the main monastery in each village for the night.

The high point of the festival is on the day when the images arrive at the main town of Nyaung Shwe, where most pilgrims from the surrounding region come to pay their respects and veneration. In the past, the Saopha of Yawnghwe would personally welcome the images. The images would be taken from the barge and a grand procession would take them to the palace or haw of the Saopha, entering the prayer hall from the eastern entrance, and where it would reside for a few hours. The public was allowed inside the prayer hall of the haw to pay their respects. Then the images would be taken to the main temple in Nyaung Shwe. Since the mid-1960s, the images have bypassed the visit to the haw and taken directly to the temple. It is now usually welcomed to Nyaung Shwe by some high-ranking official in the government.

Sometime in the 1960s during a particularly windy day, when the waves were high on the lake, the barge carrying the images capsized, and the images tumbled into the lake. It was said that they could not recover one image, but that when they went back to the monastery, the missing image was miraculously sitting in its place.

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Kek Lok Si Lighting-Up Ceremony with Fireworks   2 comments


Kek Lok Si Lighting-Up Ceremony with Fireworks

Managed to photo-shoot Kek Lok Si Lighting-Up Ceremony with Fireworks tonight ( Sunday, 22nd January, 2017 ). Thanks to Marcel Tan, Michael Chuan and Max Teoh Yeam Chuan for the assistance in my climbing up and down the hill terraces. My legs were weak and slightly painful but my photographic passion took the better of me.

SP Lim

Kek Lok Si Lighting-Up Ceremony with Fireworks

Kek Lok Si Lighting-Up Ceremony with Fireworks

Kek Lok Si Lighting-Up Ceremony with Fireworks

Kek Lok Si Lighting-Up Ceremony with Fireworks

Kek Lok Si Lighting-Up Ceremony with Fireworks

Kek Lok Si Lighting-Up Ceremony with Fireworks

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar) – Final Chapter   2 comments


Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar) – The Final Chapter

(13.11.2016) Day 2:/ Yangon>> Heho- Pindaya – Kalaw

After Breakfast at Taw Win Hotel, Move to Yangon Domestic Airport to catch flight to Heho. Upon arrival in Heho, you will proceed by road directly to Pindaya (59 km – 2 hour), a quiet town on the banks of the serene Botoloke Lake. Home to the local Danu people, Pindaya can only be reached by small and windy roads which snake their way through mountain ranges from Mandalay, Inle Lake, or Bagan. Visit the renowned Pindaya Caves, a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images, the caves are estimated to have been formed more than 200 million years ago. The opening of the cave involves a walk past the Shwe U Min Pagodas – giant white stupas which climb out of the ground. Continue on a narrow, winding and historic road (50km – 1 ½ hour) through the Shan Hills to Kalaw, a unique settlement that is situated on the perimeter of the Shan Plateau, which serves as a bazaar for many ethnic groups from the surrounding regions. Overnight in Amara Mountain Resort.

Lunch and Dinner by Own Account.

Extracted from the Official Itinerary.

 

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar) - Leaving by the main entrance of Pindaya Caves.

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar) – Leaving by the main entrance of Pindaya Caves.

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar) - Aerial view of the Pindaya Caves Temple from the lift.

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar) – Aerial view of the Pindaya Caves Temple from the lift.

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar) - Group photo of the Travellers - Mother, Sister, Brother-in-law and the Assistants - Tini and Han, Blogger was taking the photograph.

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar) – Group photo of the Travellers – Mother, Sister, Brother-in-law and the Assistants – Tini and Han, Blogger was taking the photograph.

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar) - Group photo of the Travellers - Mother, Sister, Brother-in-law and the Assistants - Tini and Han,

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar) – Group photo of the Travellers – Mother, Sister, Brother-in-law and the Assistants – Tini and Han,

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar) -Even as we were leaving, more Burmese visitors were arriving as today is a significant day of the super full moon of November 2016.

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar) -Even as we were leaving, more Burmese visitors were arriving as today is a significant day of the super full moon of November 2016.

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.18 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.17 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)   Leave a comment


Day 2.17 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

(13.11.2016) Day 2:/ Yangon>> Heho- Pindaya – Kalaw

After Breakfast at Taw Win Hotel, Move to Yangon Domestic Airport to catch flight to Heho. Upon arrival in Heho, you will proceed by road directly to Pindaya (59 km – 2 hour), a quiet town on the banks of the serene Botoloke Lake. Home to the local Danu people, Pindaya can only be reached by small and windy roads which snake their way through mountain ranges from Mandalay, Inle Lake, or Bagan. Visit the renowned Pindaya Caves, a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images, the caves are estimated to have been formed more than 200 million years ago. The opening of the cave involves a walk past the Shwe U Min Pagodas – giant white stupas which climb out of the ground. Continue on a narrow, winding and historic road (50km – 1 ½ hour) through the Shan Hills to Kalaw, a unique settlement that is situated on the perimeter of the Shan Plateau, which serves as a bazaar for many ethnic groups from the surrounding regions. Overnight in Amara Mountain Resort.

Lunch and Dinner by Own Account.

Extracted from the Official Itinerary.

Day 2.17 - Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.17 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.17 - Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.17 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.17 - Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.17 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.17 - Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.17 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.17 - Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.17 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.17 - Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.17 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.17 - Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.17 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

The next post shall be last and final of the Pindaya Caves of Shan State of Myanmar.

SP Lim

Day 2.16 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)   2 comments


Day 2.16 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

(13.11.2016) Day 2:/ Yangon>> Heho- Pindaya – Kalaw

After Breakfast at Taw Win Hotel, Move to Yangon Domestic Airport to catch flight to Heho. Upon arrival in Heho, you will proceed by road directly to Pindaya (59 km – 2 hour), a quiet town on the banks of the serene Botoloke Lake. Home to the local Danu people, Pindaya can only be reached by small and windy roads which snake their way through mountain ranges from Mandalay, Inle Lake, or Bagan. Visit the renowned Pindaya Caves, a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images, the caves are estimated to have been formed more than 200 million years ago. The opening of the cave involves a walk past the Shwe U Min Pagodas – giant white stupas which climb out of the ground. Continue on a narrow, winding and historic road (50km – 1 ½ hour) through the Shan Hills to Kalaw, a unique settlement that is situated on the perimeter of the Shan Plateau, which serves as a bazaar for many ethnic groups from the surrounding regions. Overnight in Amara Mountain Resort.

Lunch and Dinner by Own Account.

Extracted from the Official Itinerary.

Day 2.16 - Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.16 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.16 - Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.16 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.16 - Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

Day 2.16 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

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Day 2.16 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

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Day 2.16 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar)

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Day 2.16 – Pindaya Caves of Pindaya, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar). The glass casing enclosed the Buddha Images made from wood.

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