Aint Kya Ngon Phu
he historic Buddha images of Inlay’s Phaungtaw Oo Pagoda in Nyaungshwe of south Shan State, starts their annual 18-day tour across the large lake from October 14. They will stop at 21 places where devotees from far and near, will pay homage. The images will tour on a decorative float pulled by traditional rowing boats and return to the pagoda on 31 October. When the images arrive at Nyaungshwe town on 20 October, there will be traditional leg rowing boat races, including a 46-men and 26-women leg rowing boat races. There will also be decorative boats demonstrated with songs and traditional dance shows.
Meanwhile, at the vicinity of Phaungtaw Oo Pagoda in the lake during the acclaimed pagoda festival, there will be sports competitions such as volleyball, shops of commodities from all over the country, traditional dance troupe shows in theater, open shows, and exhibitions on environmental conservation and about Inlay Lake.
The pagoda festival with its Buddha images’ tour is a major tourist attraction in Myanmar.