00:58 • Karen women (giraffe-women)

03:11 • Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

07:28 • Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda

 

If life is intense on Inle Lake, the shores of the lake are no exception.

Weaving workshops, Padaung women (also often called "giraffe women") who left their villages to earn a few cents and improve their living conditions in tourist areas) and an impressive monastery (Phaung Daw Oo monastery) where monks and worshipers arrive by boat to cover five Buddha statues with gold, which have become misshapen over time.

An astonishing Inn Dein village with its hundreds of old temples and a pagoda (Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda) with hundreds of stupas rising to the sky.

 

A bit like the fishermen of Lake India who live more from tourism than from fishing, these Padaung women (or Karen, often called giraffe women) have become tourist attractions.

The situation of these women who remained in Burma is however slightly more enviable than that of their counterparts who emigrated to Thailand where they are presented a little as beasts for the sake of the lens of tourists' cameras.

We met them at a souvenir and craft store.

Here also the ethical question arises in the face of this situation. But since you have to live well, is it better to pose for tourists while weaving their fabrics than to weave their fabrics and live in the greatest destitution ...?

 These five shapeless statuettes are in fact Buddhas covered for decades with gold leaf offered by the faithful.

 

 

about the place, Lac Inle:

Inle Lake is the second largest in the country by area and is approximately 116 square km. The lake is shallow.

Inle Lake is largely covered by floating plantations and traditional fishermen use their own technique to cast their cone-shaped nets.

It is one of the tourist highlights of Myanmar.

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