Myanmar is full of temples, stupas and monasteries. Sometimes it can be a bit too much, and you might feel as you are tired and fed up with seeing yet another one. However, there are a couple of holy places that are worth visiting. One of them is Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung monastery in Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake).
It is one of the most photographed places around Inle Lake. Every day hundreds of tourists come here to take a photo of its characteristical oval windows and watch the monks going around their daily lives.
The monastery is located around 30 minutes walk from Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake, Myanmar). The straight, paved road is surrounded by water and rice fields, making it a great easy trek.
|View on the way to the Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung monastery|
However, if you don’t fancy getting there on your own two feet, you can easily access it by a car or a motorbike in just 10 minutes.
The small monastery is located just by the road and consists of two buildings, where the monks sleep and eat, and one main congregation hall, made entirely out of wood. It is beautifully carved with a few Buddha statues.
|One of the Buddha statues in the main hall|
If you are a keen photographer, it will be a treat as the light is really great.
|The best light is just before the noon|
|I found a great model!|
At around 11 o’clock the monks gather in the temple to meditate. They are very used to tourists and won’t take much notice of you, unless you stick your camera into their faces and keep disturbing them.
A good way to enjoy the meditation is to sit down with them and be as quiet as possible.
|A novice being bored during a meditation session|
|Monks taking a bath|
|Thousands of small Buddha statues. Some are nicely dressed in monks robes.|
|Tiled floor in the small temple, behind the monastery|
|Monks during their morning medidation|