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Nyaung Shwe, Gate to Inlay Lake

Nyaung Shwe / Yaunghwe, the former capital of Shan Lake in Inlay is also Inle Lake, the 200th oldest and oldest tribe of Intha and other tribes living around the lake. It is located on the northeastern edge of the lake, on the edge of the almond-shaped "Eichhornia crassipes", known as the water hyacinth that surrounds the lake in a 3 km / 5 km wide belt. These water hyacinths contribute significantly to the disappearance of the lake at a rate that suggests that the lake will not exist within 150 years.

Nyaung Shwe Heho is a call to Inlay Lake for visitors arriving from the airport. Sao Shwe Htaik, the last of the group consisting of 36 Shan princes – "Sawbaws" (the title of a successor heir) who lived here until 1948, is now a museum. He was the first President of Burma on January 04, 1948 and served until 1952.

The 36 British sawba met regularly in the Taunggyi parliament to discuss and decide on issues related to their Shan people.

The place is quiet and friendly, but has more or less interesting surroundings, & # 39; Yatamamanaungsu Pagoda & # 39; near its center, you will be "sick" and "old" in glass ears. as well as the famous wooden Nyaung Shwe Monastery to be offered by tourists. Excursions to sleep, eat and get started are a place on and around the lake.

Nyaung Shwe's regular boat services can get ferry guests to the lake, and can dive on boats or canoes, both without a motorboat and the Intha community living here. And I will do that now. I will embark on my "journey of the lake" and my call today is Nga Phe Chaung Monastery.

The monastery is on Inlay Lake and is an attractive wooden monastery built on the lake in the late 1850s. It takes about an hour to get to the ancient monastery with a boat. You are warmly invited to join me.

On our way to the Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, our narrow but long canoe – flooding into a Pan Pan village on the eastern shores of Nyaung Shwe Lake on the east side of the Pan – runs through the intricate rough water led by its Intha. & # 39; Captains & # 39; He is also a fisherman, who grew up here and knows everything about the lake and everyone. You can go to Nga Phe Chaung Monastery and the lake and anywhere else by motorized boat / canoe. This goes much faster and you will not have to change your boat, but you will see the unique style of Intha fishermen pushing their canoes into the water. This is the "famous style of leg rowing" that should be described in more detail.

Our "captain" (who wears a conical straw hat called "Khamout" typical of Inham Lake) keeps his eyes open to find mats or rough grasses floating beneath the surface. Standing on his left leg, on the left side of the canoe (which is an action in itself), he twisted his right leg around a long ridge, his upper end (about the level of his shoulder) and his calf and knee fixed. He then bends his body and pushes the ridge back down the calf and knee, a movement that drives the canoe forward. Then the right leg is fully extended, around the ridge, to enter the leg, and the process begins again. Apparently he's making that effort in a smooth, slippery motion, which is fascinating. But, all in all, as he bears an almost bored expression on his face, he smokes the chick-pea (Burmese cigar) in his left hand; really amazing. I am afraid that my brief description may not be sufficient to form an accurate and vivid image in front of your mind's eye. It is a must see. Again it is amazing. So, to go to the lake, you should at least go rowing a boat, which is not a forgettable experience.

Intha has developed a unique and unique line of rowing, along with its very unique and unique fishing method. This one has a conical shape, very tall (almost as tall as most fishermen) with a silver and bamboo fish trap at the base and round, open at the top and closed and has a grill net. When you're on the lake, fishermen sometimes form a line or half circle with canoes and sometimes work alone. While they are catching fish, they are looking for movements below the surface of the water that indicates the presence of fish (a long, thick eel or a huge Inlay tent), and they have thrown the trap. – open the end down and point upward – the fish descends to the floor of the lake, and the fish are trapped and will surely end up in a frying pan or hot pot as someone's sweet (maybe your) stomach.

As we leave Nyaung Shwe we also see the horrors of the Kyunpaws. These are floating gardens or farms that produce all kinds of flowers and crops, such as tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, potatoes, beans and legumes, eggplant, you name it, Intha has been growing and harvesting all year. These Kyunpaws are herbal farms that fishermen must draw a path for. These sets of herbs are separated from their roots by simply mowing them. They are then attached and attached to large debris, eventually forming a lake that is approximately 3 feet thick and 1 meter thick, which can be moved to the lake and maintained by bamboo poles tucked into the floor of the lake.

Agricultural products grown in these floating gardens or farms, although lacking the rich flavor of fruit and vegetables that are often fertile soils, are sold in and around local markets around the lake, as well as in large quantities. other regions and cities. For example, 80 tonnes of tomatoes / day can be collected here, which explains why tomatoes are most likely to be consumed in Burma (Inmame tomatoes).

Fishermen and farms floating across the lake can be seen fishing and farming are the main source of the lake, living in and around the lake. Other sources of income e.g. clothes, shoulder bags, faucets, ceramics, parasols, etc. Additional inbound sources are growing rapidly, as well as foreign visitors to Inlay Lake and outside visitors.

Almost every town on the lake specializes in boat building, cheroot making, silk and cotton and other ceramics.

Now we have reached the Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, the Jumping Cat Monastery. also known as.

Nga Phe Chaung Monastery is on Inlay Lake. It is an attractive wooden monastery built on the lake in the late 1850s. It takes about an hour to get to the ancient monastery with a boat. Monastery & # 39; seafront & # 39; not so spectacular.

The monastery is well known for its large collection of old brain images of various sizes, materials, and areas of worth. Nga Phe Chaung is the largest monastery here. Built on the teak of traditional wood architecture, it was the oldest 170-year-old monastery on Lake Inle at the time of this writing.

This monastery is definitely worth a visit, not only for its historical significance and architecture, but also for its numerous and famous cats. Some of them are prepared by the monks to leap into some hoops, if the cats somehow convince you that the best thing they can do is follow your command; and other cats? Well – as you can see – they are sleeping.

Okay, now I'm back to my hotel in Nyaung Shwe. Tomorrow I will go to Khaung Daing Village because it is popular with pottery.