Hpaung Daw U Pagoda, Taunggyi

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#4 of 13 in Historic Sites in Shan State
At Hpaung Daw U Pagoda, see the five statues representing Buddha, so thickly covered with golden leaves as to be barely recognizable. Over the years, men--only men are allowed to place leaves on the statues--have venerated the statues by adorning them with golden leaves. You can see how the statues once looked--before they took distorted hourglass shapes--by looking at the historic photos hanging from the walls of the pagoda. At the boathouse next to the pagoda, see a ceremonial boat shaped like a hintha bird. Once a year, four of the five statues are placed on the boat and taken on a procession around the lake. Shops selling Shan-style costumes and other traditional items surround the pagoda. See Hpaung Daw U Pagoda and all Taunggyi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Taunggyi travel app .
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  • amazing floating pagoda.. or almost floating, but achievable by boat.. historical place and sacred as well for the local people  more »
  • This is a country for pagodas. You see thousands, if not millions. I have seen people visiting. But for seeing a little bit & around was good enough.  more »
  • Buddha lost prototype with lots of gold leaf. Where are still keep posting gold, so large?
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