The taxi that we had arranged to pick us up at the Heho Airport included a little surprise excursion into a temple at the edge of Nyaung Shwe, the main town on Inle Lake.
The temple grounds consisted of the monastery and a pagoda. The exterior of the pagoda had a central gold stupa with four large rooms arrayed around it.
Inside the pagoda each of the four rooms were lined with niches containing small donated Buddhas and had a row of gods descending into the room.
Niches containing the Buddhas.
Descending golden Buddhas.
The monastery exterior.
An entrance into the monastery.
Most of the monks were children and I have some shots of them in my WPC: Monks in the Shadows post. Those were mostly the studious monks. There were others about, playing around like the children they were, and I have more shots on my post ‘Little Monks Running Around‘.
After the monastery we had to pass through the toll gate in order to enter the Inle Lake region, and then we carried on into Nyaung Shwe, the main town on Inle Lake. More on our 2013 trip to Myanmar.