R A I N B O W (Inle Lake, 2018) 🇲🇲 Arriving at the lake’s preeminent temple, the Hpaung Daw U pagoda, which houses five small gilded images of Buddha, covered in gold leaf to the point that their original forms cannot be seen. The images are believed to have been brought to the region by Alaungsithu, King of the Bagan empire in the 12th century. The King was a devout Buddhist, who travelled extensively around his empire and had many Buddhist monuments built across his Kingdom, the most impressive one being the Thatbyinnyu temple in Bagan. While the pagoda appears pretty stock standard, the real ‘action’ happens during the Burmese month of Thadingyut (September to October), when an 18-day pagoda festival is held. That’s when four of the Buddha images are placed on a replica of a royal barge designed as a hintha bird and taken on a procession around Inle Lake. The elaborately decorated barge is towed by several boats of leg-rowers rowing in unison, and other accompanying boats, making an impressive flotilla on the water. The barge is towed from village to village along the shores of the lake in clockwise fashion, and the four images reside at the main monastery in each village for the night #history#landmark#discovery#szutravels#temple#wanderlust#asia#like4like#followme#travelphotography#travelling#architecture#colour#building#beautiful#myanmar#inlelake#boating#buddhism#lake#instatravel#igers#instagood#bestphoto#photooftheday#archilovers#iphoneography#traveler#passionpassport#pagoda
The quiet streets of Gion - pristine and gentle, just like the rest of Japan.
If you’re lucky enough to make it to Kyoto, be sure to spend a couple of nights in the traditional parts of Gion. You’ll be whisked away from the busy city streets and back through time into the days of the Samurai.