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The Pa-Oh Village of Indein

Journey down winding canals to the ancient Pa-Oh village of Indein

Located on the western bank of Inle Lake, and reached by a scenic 8km boat ride through small canals lies the small village of Indein. While taking in the village and local life of the Pa-Oh people is a wonderful experience on its own, the main draw here is the hundreds of ancient pagodas of many shapes and sizes and in various states of ruin that dot the landscape.

While several have been restored, many have been reclaimed by the surrounding jungle and lay partially crumbled, covered in creeping greenery.

Dating from the 14th to the 18th centuries, and similar to others found across the region, the stupas feature mythological creatures like the chinthe (lion-like beings that protect sacred spaces). These were, and still remain, sites for worship and meditation amongst the locals and many contain relics inside their bases.

The first stupas at Indein were likely built during the reign of King Narapatisithu, although according to legend, it was King Ashoka (the Indian emperor responsible for spreading Buddhism across much of Asia) who first designated this as a site of particular spiritual importance. The landscape of elaborate spires together with the impressive and serene views over the lake gives Indein an unquestionably mystic and reflective atmosphere.

The Pa-Oh Village of Indein

located in Inle Lake

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