Hpaung Daw U Pagoda, Taunggyi

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#4 of 16 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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  • Large pagoda with 4 small Budda statues so covered with gold leaf they are not even recognizable as Budda statues. Only men are allowed into the inner shrine area to apply the gold leaf and it’s not n...  more »
  • This pagoda, on stilts, is at the center of the Lake Inle. You get there by canoe. We find in this pagoda five Buddhas who its covered with gold leaf and are deformed. Gold leaf can be lodged by men. This pagoda is very visited by the natives. It is a place of pilgrimage for the Birmands. The fervour of the Birmands is impressionnanteIl has a market nearby.
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  • The day when we visit this Pagoda, we were told that all the men would have to adhere gold foil onto the Buddha and make wishes; and lady can only go in and have a look. What a unique experience for m...  more »

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