Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, Taunggyi

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A 19th-century wooden monastery built on stilts, Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery displays a collection of Buddha statues and miniature pagodas from different parts of Tibet and Myanmar. Although the monastery is best known for its monks who trained cats to jump through hoops, you're more likely to see cats lazing about than preforming any stunts. Nevertheless, a walk around the impressive collection of lavish and highly ornate statues of sitting and reclining Buddhas and pagodas makes for a worthwhile visit. The grand golden chair, intended for only monks to sit on, stands out and evokes admiration. Put Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Taunggyi route tool .
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  • the monastery was part of our lake tour, good place, full of colors, tourists and local people looking for spiritual retreat  more »
  • Directly on the lake there is this wooden monastery mostly frequented by local people. It is full with shrines with amazing wood carvings and precious Buddha statues. Also you can watch the boats driv...  more »
  • Monastery still lived by the monks. The surrounding environment is postcard. Inside the monastery there are many affectionate kitties (no longer perform) and many Buddha images. Very nice place
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  • It's a nice monastery in the middle of the lake, previously famous because of their jumping cats. Nowadays there are still many cats around, but they don't jump. Still, the temple is nice, and very peaceful inside. Outside there are shops.
  • Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, Inle Lake. Luckily there is no Jumping cat show anymore. The essence of this temple is a very good collection of Buddha image shrines in different styles.
  • Nice Monastery, we came here hoping to see the jumping cats but did not see it.
  • A great monastery standing in the Inle Lake. Getting there just after lunch, very beautiful and quite inside. A monk was pacing and thinking alone, really peaceful scene.
  • I couldn't watch a jumping cat show. But I had underestimated the Buddha statues there before I actually saw them.

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