|1 hours 30 mins|
|08:00 AM - 06:00 PM|
Temple & Monument
Hpaung Daw U Pagoda is good for
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Why Hpaung Daw U Pagoda is special ?
Hpaung Daw U Pagoda is the most famous pagoda in Inlay lake region. 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 five Buddha Images represents the Kakkusandra, Kaunagamana, Kasatpa, Gautama and Arainmareya Buddhas of this world.
The Buddha images were believed to have been brought by King Alaungsithu of Bagan. King Alaungsithu or Mani Sithu reigned from A.D 1112-1167, one of the longest rulers of Bagan Dynasty. The King was a great builder and donator of pagodas and monasteries. He was also a very enthusiastic traveler. King Alaungsithu spent much of his time on water journeys both inland and abroad. Legend has it that the Barge he used was built of the wood that contained a philosopher’s stone. This stone gave the Barge the supernatural power of turning into water any place the king pointed at. So once, during one of his journeys, he came to the Inlay Lake and the royal barge stopped at a place. That place was marked as a sacred place and a pagoda was built. That pagoda is now known as Phaung Daw U Pagoda. Some local tribes from Dawei requested the King for their stay at the lake, due to their liking of the pleasant lake, and also for looking after the pagoda. The King granted their stay and now, there are Inthars of the mysterious Inlay Lake.
What to explore at Hpaung Daw U Pagoda?
The five Buddha images are totally covered with gold which makes the visitors not to be able to see the original form. So, there is an old photograph of the five original Buddha Images. Only men are allowed to offer the gold-foil onto the Buddha 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.
The five Buddha Images differ in sizes, the smallest making nine inches tall to the largest eighteen inches tall. The solid gold mass makes the images extremely heavy.
How to get to Hpaung Daw U Pagoda?
When you are in Inle Lake, the best way to visit Hpaung Daw U Pagoda is by boat. You can easily join in a boat tour which includes the pagoda, or hire a private boat via your hotel to go there.
- Blobby Buddhas in a Lovely Pagoda
- Very nice with very special Buddha statues
- A nice pagoda with impressive holy boat
- The most famous pagoda on Inle Lake
- An incredible surprise inside the Pagoda
Inle Lake Myanmar (Burma)
Tips for you
Hpaung Daw U Pagoda is a must see while you are on the Inle lake. It is the most revered Pagoda in the region, so if you're a buddhist, it's a plus. The 5 buddha statues have had so many gold leaf offerings by men that the original shapes of the buddhas cannot be seen anymore. History has it that the 5 buddha statues, while parading on a boat on the lake, sank to the bottom of the lake, but was later found back at the Pagoda. On the same compound of the pagoda, there is a market inside the building selling tourist souvenirs as well. Don't miss this place while you're on Inle Lake!