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Inle Lake Region Inle Lake and its connected rivers are perhaps the most picturesque locations in Myanmar. Locals live and work on these waters, where fishing, transportation, and housekeeping activities are visible at every turn. Many of the buildings are erected on stilts in the water.

The Shan and Intha peoples, including many Buddhist monks, live in the Inle Lake region. There is a high density of religious sites and monasteries near the lake. Here are some images of the people and places of the region.

Scenes around Inle Lake

People at Work Residents of the Inle Lake region are very industrious and you see them engaged in their labors everywhere. Skilled workers make products with their hands or primitive machinery and loads are hauled through the streets. Goods are sold in open air markets, mostly by women.

The largest concentration of religious sites in Myanmar is in the Bagan Archaeological Zone. Not far from Bagan, about an hour's drive south, are Mount Popa and an extinct volcanic plug with a monastery at its top.


Yangon The Shwedagon Pagoda and Chauk Htat Gyi, the giant reclining Buddha, are in the city of Yangon. Pictured to the left are two men painting a statue at the Shwedagon Pagoda.

There is a fishing village and a beach resort on the Bay of Bengal at Ngapali. Fish are laid out on the beach to dry and then shipped by truck to market.


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