Phaung Daw U festival in Myanmar - Myanmar Explorers

Phaung Daw U festival in Myanmar

Phaung Daw U Pagoda on the shores of Inle Lake

Inle Lake is one of the famous and exciting destinations in Myanmar. And it will be even more amazing if you come here in late September or in October. Then you will get involved in Phaung Daw U festival lasting almost 3 weeks on Inle Lake and Phaung Daw U Pagoda. Read more: Travel to Myanmar

Phaung Daw U Pagoda on the shores of Inle Lake

Phaung Daw U Pagoda on the shores of Inle Lake

When traveling to Myanmar, you will see that most of the Myanmar festivals are associated with Buddhism. Phaung Daw U festival is not exception. It is one of the most important and popular in Myanmar and it is hold annually in order to pay homage to the Buddha. Read more: travel to Cambodia

During the festival, series of colorful boats parade from village to village around Inle Lake. Among them, the most prominent barge is the one with golden bird shape representing the mythology of Myanmar. Inside this barge, there are five small Buddha images of Paung Daw U Pagoda.

Prominent golden-bird shape barge in series of colorful boats

Prominent golden-bird shape barge in series of colorful boats

The pagoda five small gilded images of Buddha, which have been covered in many gold leaves to the point that their original forms cannot be seen, are of differing sizes, range from about nine to eighteen inches tall. Being essentially solid, the images are extremely heavy. It is believed that the Buddha images were brought to Inlay Lake by King Alaungsithu.

Five small Buddha images of Paung Daw U Pagoda

Five small Buddha images of Paung Daw U Pagoda

Besides the parade, the most especially activity in Phaung Daw U festival is boat racing between villages. Perhaps nowhere in the world, there is a unique way of rowing by leg like Myanmar. The keen racers in traditional costumes tried to steer the boat to the finish line in the shouting, cheering of people and pilgrims along the lakeshore. This is one of the most special and most attractive features of the festival.

The racers in traditional costumes rowing by leg

The racers in traditional costumes rowing by leg

There are also dance programs and trade fairs in Phaung Daw U festival. Tourists can easily find traditional gifts and Burmese merchandise in basement surrounding the pagoda.

Phaung Daw U festival lasts for 18 days and ended in mid-October. This moment is at the end of the rainy season, the weather is cool and ideal for visitors wishing to attend the festival, as well as explore incredibly exciting life of the people of Inle Lake.

The Indochina Voyages team.

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