indein village in myanmar

Indien Village, Myanmar

A visit to the five day market is a must while visiting Inle Lake.  These markets get the name – Five Day – because the local tribes rotate between five different locations around the lake over a five day period.  We visited the small village of Indein, on the western bank of the lake.  Here the locals from the Pa-O tribe come to sell and buy produce and other items such as lacquerware, buddha statues, and other craft items native to their area. A fascinating place to enjoy the scene of various tribes in their colorful clothes and exotic market atmosphere.

pa-o tribe in myanmar

a girl from the pa-o tribe

This gal was selling a type of peanut brittle at the market…

so yummy….

…with unique packaging using palm leaves..as nothing in Myanmar goes to waste.

five day market in myanmar

market in indein village, myanmar

shwe inn dain pagoda, myanmar

Also within the Indein village area are a number of ancient stupas in ruins with many hidden by overgrown bushes. According to an inventory of the monuments taken in 1999, there’s over a thousand stupas in the area dating between the 14th to the 18th century.  So pleasant to walk around with the cool breeze and listening to the melody produced by the chimes of the bells hanging from the umbrellas of the stupas. Why so many stupas?  It’s believed that by building or donating a stupa, you’ll receive merit and therefore be free from some of your sins.

shwe inn dain pagoda, myanmar

If only there had been that wonderful magic light from the morning and evening to photograph, but when traveling that isn’t always possible.  Wabi-sabi heaven!

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10 Comments

  1. Posted February 16, 2014 at 10:44 pm by Virginia | Permalink

    Oh my Frissy, you never cease to amaze me with your photos… Looking at the first photo of the village beside the lake makes me want to go there… but the next photo of the young girl selling the “type of peanut brittle…” makes me just want to go get her and bring her home with me… Makes me wonder what her hopes and dreams really are…?? Thanks so much for sharing. XoXo

    • Posted February 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm by gotham girl | Permalink

      It’s so true…I think of that so often myself. What are their hopes and dreams…with the language barrier one will never know. Thank you Frissy!

  2. Posted February 17, 2014 at 6:37 am by Ginnie | Permalink

    Wabi-sabi heaven is where I want to go with you when the day comes, dear Robin. And if possible, I’d like to wear that orange scarf around my neck! :)

    • Posted February 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm by gotham girl | Permalink

      Well we know what happens when we both get together! Non stop chatting and clicking! Thank you!

  3. Posted February 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm by Susan | Permalink

    Looks like some really cool markets to enjoy and a wonderful way to be among these beautiful people … thanks for the trip!

    • Posted February 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm by gotham girl | Permalink

      You’re so welcome. Love that you’ve come along for the ride through Myanmar! Thank you!

  4. Posted February 20, 2014 at 4:17 am by E'claire | Permalink

    I love those Stupas!!! What a very cool place and Wabi-Sabi heaven is so true!

  5. Posted February 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm by Elena Caravela | Permalink

    Crystal clear and packed with expression.

  6. Posted February 22, 2014 at 8:47 am by Astrid | Permalink

    Incredible pictures, Wabi Sabi heaven indeed. LOVE your portraits of the locals.

  7. Posted February 26, 2014 at 6:28 am by Karen | Permalink

    The portrait is lovely – so serene! Great pictures! Walking through the stupas did you see all the fallen sown pieces? I guess in a year or two nothing will be left or we will find it for sale in one of the stalls! Already discovered broken off wood carvings from monasteries in one of the shops.

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