On The Way To The Five-Day Market

Gathering seaweed for floating gardens
You would think that all that seaweed would sink the boat but since the boats are made of teak they stay afloat.


A local fisherman with his distinctive rowing style which involves standing at the stern on one leg and wrapping the other leg around the oar
This young woman perfectly balanced and rowing at the same time



The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is considered the most famous in the Inle Lake region.  It houses five unique Buddha images.  We went to visit the pagoda after our visit to the market.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

The Phaung Daw U Pagoda Festival is held annually for a total of 18 days.  It is one of the most famous festivals in Myanmar.  A large barge with a Golden Hintha Bird creation carries four of the five Buddhas.  One image always remains in the temple. The barge is towed from Village to village along the shores of the lake in a clockwise fashion.  The highlight of the festival is the day when the images arrive at the main town of Nyaung Shwe, where most pilgrims are waiting to pay their respects in hundreds of boats from near and far.

Golden Hintha Bird protected in this shelter on the lake

At the Market Place

Pa’O Tribal women selling vegetables at the market

The Pa’O people are the second largest ethnic group in Shan State where Inle Lake is found.  The traditional dress is indigo tunics with narrow blue or red trim and brightly colored turbans around their heads, mostly in orange and red as you see in the photos. They are believed to be of Tibeto-Burman lineage.  There are twenty-four Pa’O subgroups. The people typically cultivate onions, garlic, chili, potatoes, rice, peanuts and green tea.

Pa’O woman selling vegetables
Nap time!  He was sleeping next to the dad while mom sold the vegetables
All different varieties of headscarves – I think they are all members of the Pa’O Tribe
Hot Chilies
Not sure if she was setting up or getting ready to leave
Betel leaves sold in the market
Samosa-like fried snacks
This woman selling a large variety of vegetables

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These are crispy snacks made from tofu and chickpeas.  Burmese people are very fond of chickpeas and use them in a variety of soups and especially snacks.

Traditional Burmese street food.  These are called husband and wife cakes.  Made with rice and chickpeas with various toppings
Fried doughnuts
They certainly smelled good!


This little cutie was sitting on his father’s lap having a snack.
At the edge of the market, barbers had set up shop.  Looks like they were doing good business!

Our time at the market finally came to an end.  We spent some time looking at the souvenirs and buying a few things.  I wish we had had more time there.  I always enjoy the hustle and bustle of market life and photographing the local people in a significant part of their daily life.

We left the market and were on our way to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda which enshrines five golden Buddha images carried back to Myanmar by the 12th century King Alaungsithu upon his return to the Malay Peninsula.



4 thoughts

  1. I am amazed at how colorful everything there is, from the clothing all the way to the buildings!! Again, thank you for taking us along on your journey.


  2. Great, Dianne ! I love seeing the people and their clothing. It appeared that one vendor was selling celery, green beans, egg plant, tomatoes and onions. They may call them something else, I was just going on appearance. Very interesting and as usual, outstanding photographs !!!!!


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