Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

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Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is one of the biggest and most famous festival in Myanmar, taking place annually in Inle Lake, Shan State, usually between Sep and Oct, and is celebrated for 18 days.
During the festival, four of the five gilded Buddha images are removed from their shrine in the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and placed on the Royal Karaweik barge to tour around the lake, from village to village.
The elaborately decorated barge is striking on the water and with green mountain ranges behind. It is often accompanied by many boats, making an impressive procession. 
The busiest time of the festival is on the day when the images arrive at the main town of Nyaung Shwe, where most pilgrims from the surrounding region come to pay their respects and join the festivities. 
The interesting highlight of the festival is the long boat race. The boats are paddled using the skillful, one-legged rowing technique, teamed up by about 50 rowers, representing the villages.

This year 2019, the dates is set for 29th Sep to 16th Oct. The best view procession is on 5th Oct from Lin Kin to Naung Shwe with the boat race on the same date and the last day of the festival, 16th Oct with the boat race too. 
To plan your visit, here is the detailed schedule of the festivals for 2019, by date, time and activity:

Procession Date & Time 2019

 

DAY

DATE

FROM

STARTING TIME

TO 

REMARK

1

29-Sep-19

Phaung Daw Oo

4:00 AM

Opening Ceremony

 

29-Sep-19

Phaung Daw Oo

7:00 AM

Kyi Paw Khon

Night Stop

2

30-Sep-19

Kyi Paw Khon

8:00 AM

Inn Dain

Lunch

30-Sep-19

Inn Dain

2:30 PM

Heya Ywa Ma

Night Stop

3

01-Oct-19

Heya Ywa Ma

-

Heya Ywa Ma

Night Stop

4

02-Oct-19

Heya Ywa Ma

7:00 AM

Nga Phe Chaung

Night Stop

5

03-Oct-19

Nga Phe Chaung

7:00 AM

Kyay Sar Kone

Night Stop

6

04-Oct-19

Kyay Sar Kone

7:00 AM

Pwe Sar Kone

Lunch

04-Oct-19

Pwe Sar Kone

7:00 AM

Lin Kin

Night Stop

7

05-Oct-19

Lin Kin

7:00 AM

Nyaung Shwe

Night Stop

8

06-Oct-19

Nyaung Shwe

-

Nyaung Shwe

Night Stop

9

07-Oct-19

Nyaung Shwe

-

Nyaung Shwe

Night Stop

10

08-Oct-19

Nyaung Shwe

7:00 AM

Nan Thae

Lunch

08-Oct-19

Nan Thae

1:00 PM

Mine Thout

Night Stop

11

09-Oct-19

Mine Thout

7:00 AM

Tha Le Oo

Night Stop

12

10-Oct-19

Tha Le Oo

7:00 AM

Kay Lar

Lunch

10-Oct-19

Kay Lar

2:30 PM

Za Yat Kyee

Night Stop

13

11-Oct-19

Za Yat Kyee

7:00 AM

A Lo Taw Pawk

Lunch

11-Oct-19

A Lo Taw Pawk

2:30 PM

Nam Pan

Night Stop

14

12-Oct-19

Nam Pan

7:00 AM

Ma Gyi Zeik

Lunch

12-Oct-19

Ma Gyi Zeik

2:00 PM

Kyaing Kham

Night Stop

15

13-Oct-19

Kyaing Kham

7:00 AM

Mine Pyoe

Night Stop

16

14-Oct-19

Mine Pyoe

7:00 AM

Naung Taw

Night Stop

17

15-Oct-19

Naung Taw

7:00 AM

Inn Paw Khon

Lunch

15-Oct-19

Inn Paw Khon

2:30 PM

Yae Tha

Night Stop

18

16-Oct-19

Yae Tha

8:00 AM

Phaung Daw Oo

Night Stop


HIGHLIGHTS: 

 

05-Oct-19

Best view procession

7:00 AM

Lin Kin to Nyaung Shwe 

05-Oct-19

Boat race

10:00 AM

Nyaung Shwe  

13-Oct-19

Longest procession

7:00 AM

Kyaing Kham to Mine Pyoe

16-Oct-19

Boat race

10:00 AM

Phaung Daw Oo Monastery