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Published: November 3rd 2017
Off for another day on Inle Lake
Took a bit to get our boat into position but all set for the day and off we went.
Picked up by T2 and walked to our long boat for a trip to the other side of Inle Lake which is 116 sq mt surface area, overcast but warm and pleasant, very busy with goods being bought in by long boat and it took our boat boys a bit of work to get our long boat in place that we could get into it.
We stopped at a Silver Smith & Showroom, they use the hammer method to work the silver and the work was intricate and beautiful all done by hand, the silver is bought to the lake from the local mines in the surrounding hills, could not help myself and bought a traditional Shan necklace and earrings for $75 US 98% silver.
We visited the Pow Village opened recently to Foreigners, with Stupas a Holy area and a 17 century ensurgent area until after the war. 1948 -2001, built by the community.
We saw the Holy umbrella which is representative of the Shan State and the use of key stone architecture. 1054 Stupas in the Indien Village then off in the boat to the Nagundi Monestery, known as the
Making Rice Cakes
The little boy was keen to do a rice cake for us but his sister was not impressed. The mixture is put into the hot sand and turned until ready. Thought they were really cute! This was in the Indien Village.
Jumping cats Monastry, which had very relaxed Burmese cats. that were not doing anything but sleeping due to animal rights becoming involved after a video went viral on UTube. The Nuns used to play with the cats and found they could jump so taught them tricks for fun and it took off with the visitors demanding to see the cats jumping which was not what they had meant to happen. The Nuns use the Monastery for meditation three times a day and if they happen to be playing with the cats then you still may see the Cats Jumping.
We stopped for a lovely lunch at one of the restaurants on the water then a work shop where the long neck people do weaving to earn a living. We then visited the Ywama's market which rotates in a 5 day cycle and this was held on the grounds of a pagoda complex. The village is home to a monastery and a stupa, weaving, metal smithing, wood carving and umbrella workshops.
The floating gardens are many and huge areas where farmers plant crops of tomatoes, pumpkins, melons, strawberry's, you name it it looked like they
All in gold leaf and pretty impressive.
could grow anything, on floating mats of vegetation anchored in place with bamboo poles. The biggest hydroponic area I have ever seen and all looking very healthy.
We will be back to this area it is incredible and so diverse and beautiful, the fishing method and the way they move their boats with their feet while usually trying to find a fishing area is only done this way in Inle Lake.
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