A thousand pagodas (Buddhist temples) to explore and a magnificent adventure you won’t be able to stop talking about (especially the history lovers!). That’s what awaits you in Myanmar!
Explore the Unexplored Myanmar is an undiscovered and spectacular destination to visit all year round, with rich culture, traditions, religion, and not to mention the mesmerising beaches. However, it is the adventure to Nyaung Ohak and Shwe Inn Thein that will leave you speachless as you take yourself back in time and experience thousands of years of mythologies and ancient architecture presented through the rich and enchanting pagodas, scattered through the unexplored jungle. You will be simply mesmerised and at peace as you slowly stroll through the captivating jungle, where the mystical pagodas can be found everywhere, decorated with golden plates and diamonds, reflecting Myanmar’s past glory.
How Did These Mystical Pagodas End Up In a Jungle?
Let us take you back in time to find out more about these mysterious and very enchanting pagodas. In the heart of Myanmar’s jungles, in Nyaung Ohak and Shwe Inn Thein, over 1,000 pagodas can be found piercing through the greens, all at different stages of preservation. And whereas some have been restored, others are still in their original state.
The sacred buildings are decorated with gold plates, diamonds, and images of celestial beings and mythological animals such as the ‘Naga Sanskrit’ (half human and half cobra), lion-like chimps, and enshrine images of the Buddha. The site is believed to date back to the days of Indian Emperor Ashoka, who sent monks in the 3rd century BC to spread Buddhism across Asia. But it wasn’t until the 14th century that construction of these buildings began, and most weren’t finished until 400 years later.
Local Buddhists are now attempting to salvage and restore these ancient structures; however, some will inevitably be lost to the jungle.
When and HOW Should I Go? The best time to visit this magical place is from November-February. To visit Nyaung Ohak and Shwe Inn Thein, you must take an 8km boat - which is another unique experience on its own. The rower gracefully navigates through the canals, passing
through the villages built on stilts and incredible floating gardens. Arriving, and walking through the village of Idein, you can experience the calm, still atmosphere of the locals, who are always very welcoming and friendly towards the newcomers. You can enjoy the local floating market, where you can purchase fish, vegetables, and even souvenirs.
Finally, you arrive at Nyaung Ohak, followed by Ohak and Shwe, where you can experience the most breathtaking architectural wonders in the heart of the majestic greenaries of the jungle. Visitors can explore the land and discover the various pagodas scattered around, and even walk inside these ancient buildings to soak in their rich history and culture.
It is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and an unforgettable experience, especially for those interested in ancient history, culture and architecture.