3 cool Buddhist places to visit in Myanmar (part 2)

by Emiel van den Boomen on March 27, 2015

Monk prayer

We are back for part 2 of this post about some fascinating Buddhist places in Myanmar.

In part 1 of this post I have written about Buddhist places that are fairly unknown. Of course I could easily have talked about the world-famous Bagan, the majestic Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, the 116mtr (424ft) high Buddha statue in Monywa, and many more places. But I decided to show you some smaller and lesser known places. Places you might not immediately expect on a Myanmar bucket list, but where our family just had a fabulous time.

So after part 1 with the cute Nunney school and historic Monastery in Nyaung Shwe, there is one more place left to mention. Let me take you to the mountain village of Kalaw, a former British hill station 2 hours from Inle Lake. Here we go! [click to continue…]


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Cool buddhist places Myanmar

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Inle Lake Myanmar

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Bagan Myanmar

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Monywa Myanmar

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