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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  • We landed by boat at the Pagoda which was a fantastic way to approach it. Inside men were adding gold leaf to 5 unrecognisable Buddhas. They have had gold leaf added for years and now are unrecognisab...  more »
  • From the boats, you can go directly to this large pagoda. The hype is very large, many locals and tourists cavort in the pagoda. The five ancient Buddha statues were lost and found again. Since then, they are a place of worship. Through the many - only men's gold plate is equipped they have become misshapen to nuggets of gold. We were lucky enough to be able to watch a group of PA-O girls and boys pray
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  • On Inle Lake, this complex houses five small buddha statues which have had so much gold leaf applied to them that they are unrecognisable. Each October, four of the statues are taken by boat to stay i...  more »

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