Hpaung Daw U Pagoda

Attraction Inle Lake Myanmar (Burma) Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
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Hpaung Daw U Pagoda is a notable Buddhist site in Myanmar (formerly Burma), located on the Inle Lake in Shan State.

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Why Hpaung Daw U Pagoda is special ?

Hpaung Daw U Pagoda is the most famous pagoda in Inlay lake region. The pagoda houses five small gilded images of Buddha, which have been covered in gold leaf to the point that their original forms cannot be seen. The five Buddha Images represents the Kakkusandra, Kaunagamana, Kasatpa, Gautama and Arainmareya Buddhas of this world.

The Buddha images were believed to have been brought by King Alaungsithu of Bagan. King Alaungsithu or Mani Sithu reigned from A.D 1112-1167, one of the longest rulers of Bagan Dynasty. The King was a great builder and donator of pagodas and monasteries. He was also a very enthusiastic traveler. King Alaungsithu spent much of his time on water journeys both inland and abroad. Legend has it that the Barge he used was built of the wood that contained a philosopher’s stone. This stone gave the Barge the supernatural power of turning into water any place the king pointed at. So once, during one of his journeys, he came to the Inlay Lake and the royal barge stopped at a place. That place was marked as a sacred place and a pagoda was built. That pagoda is now known as Phaung Daw U Pagoda. Some local tribes from Dawei requested the King for their stay at the lake, due to their liking of the pleasant lake, and also for looking after the pagoda. The King granted their stay and now, there are Inthars of the mysterious Inlay Lake.

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What to explore at Hpaung Daw U Pagoda?

The five Buddha images are totally covered with gold which makes the visitors not to be able to see the original form. So, there is an old photograph of the five original Buddha Images. Only men are allowed to offer the gold-foil onto the Buddha Images. Another part of the ritual for pilgrims is to place a small robe or thingan around the images, and to take the robe back to their houses and place it on their own altar as a token of respect for the Buddha and his teachings.

The five Buddha Images differ in sizes, the smallest making nine inches tall to the largest eighteen inches tall. The solid gold mass makes the images extremely heavy.

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How to get to Hpaung Daw U Pagoda?

When you are in Inle Lake, the best way to visit Hpaung Daw U Pagoda is by boat. You can easily join in a boat tour which includes the pagoda, or hire a private boat via your hotel to go there.

Selling points

  • Blobby Buddhas in a Lovely Pagoda
  • Very nice with very special Buddha statues
  • A nice pagoda with impressive holy boat
  • The most famous pagoda on Inle Lake
  • An incredible surprise inside the Pagoda
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Tips for you

  • Accessed via the Lake, you need to juggle with the dozens of boats stacked up to make a visit, even in the low season.
  • Among the dance shows and fun-fairs, the most interesting event of the festival, especially for foreigners, is their boat race - due to their unique leg rowing.
    Things to do
  • You should take a local guide with you to explain the history it's worth it.
    Things to do
  • You can feed the pigeons at the entrance of the pagoda. There are also vendors selling crackers for feeding the seagulls on the lake.
    Things to do
  • Although anyone can enter the temple, only men are allowed to apply gold leaf to the images.
  • Make sure you are dressed properly or bring some long sleeves and a sarong to cover your shoulders and knees as it is not allowed to enter the pagoda in tank tops, short skirts or short trousers.
    What to wear
  • Surrounding the Pagoda, and in the basement are shops selling traditional Shan and Burmese merchandise.
    Things nearby
  • A visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is normally included in the boat tour packages on Inle Lake.
    What to know
  • There is a small camera fee for the pagoda and they will give you a postcard for the fee.
    Ticket and Pricing
  • Once a year, there is a pagoda festival during which the five Buddha images are rowed around the Lake in a colourful barge. It is held on a grand scale for 18 days, usually falls in October (sometimes in September).


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Hpaung Daw U Pagoda is a must see while you are on the Inle lake. It is the most revered Pagoda in the region, so if you're a buddhist, it's a plus. The 5 buddha statues have had so many gold leaf offerings by men that the original shapes of the buddhas cannot be seen anymore. History has it that the 5 buddha statues, while parading on a boat on the lake, sank to the bottom of the lake, but was later found back at the Pagoda. On the same compound of the pagoda, there is a market inside the building selling tourist souvenirs as well. Don't miss this place while you're on Inle Lake!

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