The Phaungdaw Oo Buddha Statues.
Known all over the country as the Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda it is a collection of 5 Buddha statues housed inside a magnificent pavilion inside the lake at Nant hoo village. The legend of these Buddha statues dates back to Bagan period when it was said King Alaung Sithu of Bagan Dynasty kept these statues at the bow of his royal barge and left them here for the subsequent generations to worship. Then after many centuries the statues were rediscovered and put on public display for the pilgrims to worship by the Sawbwa of Nyaung Shwe. Anyhow, whatever the reasons, these 5 statues are unique. These statues are on silver stands on a raised plinth in the middle of the pavilion. Male pilgrims climb up to paste gold leaves or symbolically tie small square strips of Holy Robes on these statues. And after generations of devotees all the 5 statues had lost their original forms and became round golden globes. The square pieces of yellow miniature Holy Robes are taken home as ampulets to ward off evil and misfortune.
The Phaungdaw Oo statues are taken around the Inle Lake during the month of Thadingyut (October). Four of the statues are reverently taken onto a gilt barge, which in turn is pulled by hundreds of leg rowers on countless long boats to visit the villages inside the lake. At some village it would just be a short stop and at some villages the statues would stay for the night. The statues also spend three days at Nyaung Shwe, which would be one of the best days to experience the piety of the Myanmar people.