One of the largest religious festivals in Myanmar, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, is underway in the picturesque Inle Lake region. The festival lasts from October 5 to 22. Visitors will experience local culture and enjoy the unique spectacle of rowers using their legs instead of oars to paddle the boats.
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in the Inle Lake region is home to five gilded Buddha images, which are covered with gold leaves so that their original appearance cannot be recognized. Four of the five images are paraded around the Inle Lake in an elaborate barge pulled by traditional long boats manned by hundreds of rowers. In this way, pilgrims can pay homage to the Buddha images. The fifth image is left to guard others’ resting places in the pagoda.
During the festival, boat races are held near the pagoda. The rowers donning traditional costumes use their legs to paddle the boats, presenting a wonderful visual spectacle. The significant festival can not be missed if you take a trip to Myanmar!
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