December 16, 2016

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Phaungtaw Oo Pagoda Buddha images brought back to Yadanasan Hall

Officials and local peopel conveying back Buddha images of Inlay Phaungtaw Oo Pagoda to Yadanasan Hall by Royal Karaweik barge. Photo: Nay Myo Thurein
Officials and local peopel conveying back Buddha images of Inlay Phaungtaw Oo Pagoda to Yadanasan Hall by Royal Karaweik barge. Photo: Nay Myo Thurein

THE three Buddha images of the Phaungtaw Oo Pagoda in Inlay Lake, Shan State, which were recently brought on their annual tour of 21 locations around the lake, were returned to Yadanasan Hall on 31 October.
Their 18-day tour on a decorative Royal Karaweik Barge began on 14 October.
The images were welcomed back at the pagoda by Shan State Chief Minister U Sao Aung Myat and other officials. They were gilded with gold leaf and offered lights, water and other donations at their permanent residence.
The occasion of the Buddha images’ return was celebrated with traditional one-legged boat rowing competitions. The West Ywagyi team won first place in the 100-rower event, and the West Keyla team came in second. The Aingdaungyi team took first place in the 46-rower competition, and the Zayutgyi team placed second. In the 26-rower women’s event, the East Nyaungwin team won first place, and the Thale Oo Lake team placed second.
The winning teams and the rowers were awarded by the chief minister and senior state officials.
In accordance with local tradition, only three Buddha images among the four that reside at Yadanasan Hall are brought on the annual tour. One is left at the historic Phaungtaw Oo Pagoda. The tour is a festive occasion for local residents, as well as for local and foreign tourists.

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