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  • YOUNG BOY SWIMMING IN A CANAL
    YOUNG BOY SWIMMING IN A CANAL
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  • A WATER BUFFALO ENJOYING THE WATER
    A WATER BUFFALO ENJOYING THE WATER
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    EVEN MORE STUPAS BY THE RIVER

    by davidjo Written Mar 20, 2016

    As you travel upriver to Indein you will see a group of stupas on the right but it is better to take the photographs on the return journey downriver where you will get a better view and you will be prepared with your camera.

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    BUDDHA IMAGES IN THE TEMPLE

    by davidjo Written Mar 20, 2016

    At the temple you will find the usual assortment of Buddha Images, all of them golden. The main image has a table where the people have made their offerings of water, juice, bananas, avocado, apples, melon and flowers.

    A TABLE WITH OFFERINGS THE MAIN BUDDHA IMAGE
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    LOTS OF BUDDHA IMAGES IN THE STUPAS

    by davidjo Written Mar 20, 2016

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    I don't know if all the 1054 stupas have a little cave opening that contain a Buddha Image but i certainly noticed quite a few. Some worshipers had placed flowers by the Buddhas. I was a bit tired of seeing temples and Buddhas as this was my 8th day in Burma and i was kind of templed out but if you really wanted to explore the area you could easily spent a half day here.

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    SHWE INN DAIN PAGODA

    by davidjo Updated Mar 20, 2016

    This pagoda lies on the west bank of Inle Lake and it is known that the first pagoda was donated over 2000 years ago in the reign of King Siri Dhamma Sawka (273-232 BC) which is encased in the present pagoda. There is a stairway on the north, south and east sides, the eastern being the longest. The first groups of stupas can be seen by the eastern entrance, but altogether there are 1054 pagodas. Many of them were built in the traditional style of the 14th and 15th centuries. Some of the stupas are falling don but you can still make out animals, deva and chinthe carvings in the stucco. Many more stupas were built in the 17th and 18th centuries and are leaning t strange angles. From the pagoda itself there are great views of the surrounding area.

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    There is a lot of restoration work being carried out as they try to return the complex to its original state

    STUPAS IN GOOD CONDITION STUPAS AT THE TOP BY THE PAGODA ROWS OF GOLDEN STUPAS SOME OF THE OLDER STUPAS
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    THE LONG WALK

    by davidjo Written Mar 20, 2016

    The covered passageway that leads from the village of Nyaung Ohak where our boat was moored must be one of the longest passageways i have walked along as it must have been about one kilometer in length. I was getting a little tired of seeing the same old souvenirs for sale and all along the passageway were countless stalls, but thankfully some of the stall-holders had already closed their business for the day as it was getting late in the afternoon.

    THE COVERED PASSAGEWAY PLENTY OF SOUVENIRS PLENTY OF SOUVENIR STALLS

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    A LOCAL PA-O PREPARING FIREWOOD

    by davidjo Updated Mar 20, 2016

    Perhaps you will be lucky and catch a glimpse of a few of the Pa-O people ( I assumed they were Pa-O ). I found this friendly fellow cutting up bamboo with his machete, took his photograph after i asked him. the photos of the ladies were taken without their knowledge

    I DID ASK FOR THE PHOTO TWO LADIES IN A CAFE CARRYING THE CROPS HOME

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    LIFE BY THE RIVER

    by davidjo Updated Mar 20, 2016

    During the trip upriver to Indein it is possible to observe the daily life of the locals, but be quick with your camera as the boats go quite fast. We saw several water buffaloes wallowing in the river, as they can only work for 2 or 3 hours, then they have to take a good rest in water. We also saw a young boy taking a swim in one of the canals near the river. We at last reached the area where the boats are moored and from there we have to proceed on foot to the stupas. In any case after 200 meters there is a concrete dam and it is impossible for boats to continue upstream

    YOUNG BOY SWIMMING IN A CANAL A WATER BUFFALO ENJOYING THE WATER LOCALS WORKING BOATS MOORED AT INDEIN THE DAM

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    Indein

    by herzog63 Updated Sep 7, 2003

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    Indein seemed like a quaint little village where the locals seemed to be quite busy going about their day. Some were fishing in the river and some were loading up ox carts with dirt in preparation for some construction project. Kids were playing soccer. Nobody really paid any attention to us as we strolled by except the guy that sold us the 100 Kyat US.10 cents camera fee ticket.

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    On the path to the village

    by herzog63 Updated Sep 7, 2003

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    Our boat driver wasn't hired on to be a guide but he gave us general directions when we got out of the boat and where going somewhere. So when we got to the boat landing he gave us directions ...walk this way and then when you come to the fork take a right then walk some more until you see this and that....da de da.... Well we missed one of the forks but it all worked out as there is a river that we had to cross via a bridge and we found that soon after. You will see a series of buildings that look like they must be used as some sort of weekly market. There wasn't anything in them as we passed. Maybe at certain times it is similar to the Nampan market and the people that live on the western side of the lake come here. It might be worth asking your boat driver about it or checking at the tourist office in Nyaungshwe.

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    Bamboo Forest

    by herzog63 Updated Sep 7, 2003

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    Near the boat landing of the Indein Village you can see a beautiful Bamboo Forest! It looked so peaceful. There is something about a bamboo forest that has a calming effect on me. I must be weird! LOL I could have easily spent a whole day just walking in the Indein area but sadly I was running out of time.

    Directions: Ask your boat driver...It's down the western side of the lake.

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    Wider view of the Temple complex

    by herzog63 Written Apr 25, 2003

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    Those 2 kids were on their own. Just hanging out and playing in the dirt. When my son and I walked by they got pretty excited and asked us for "Bom-bom" Which I assuming was candy but we didn't have any. I am usually against handing out candies to children as I feel it just makes them want to ask every other foreigner that passes for more candy. I feel it's better to stop by a school and make a small donation or something similar.

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    The covered walkway

    by herzog63 Written Apr 24, 2003

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    The covered walkway looks quite nice from the outside with it's beautiful spires sticking up. The tin roof which is quite common on these types of covered walkways is starting to rust. I would have thought that they would use something a little more traditonal than tin. But those traditions must be long lost.

    Shwe In Tain Walkway
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    Some of the pagodas

    by herzog63 Written Apr 23, 2003

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    The Pagodas were so beautiful. We could also see out over the lake which was also a magnificent site! The locals must have burned the bushes and dry grass around the pagodas in the morning as there was some smokey spots that gave an eery feeling to the place. Seeing the smoke and having no people around seemed like something bad had happened. But we were the only ones out enjoying the 100 degree temps!! The smart people where in the shade somewhere else.

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    INDEIN WEIR

    by davidjo Written Mar 20, 2016

    Once you reach the place where the boats are moored there is a weir or dam 200 meters further upriver . The rain water must have been coming down from the mountains as water was rushing over the dam.

    THE DAM

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    Guess what is inside the main Temple?

    by herzog63 Written Apr 24, 2003

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    MORE SMALL PAGODAS!! LOL There was also some concrete bathtub looking things that we dipped water out of and ran it over our heads and it made us feel a little cooled down!

    Shwe in Tain
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