Photo: Stunning In Dein.

In Dein

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In Dein, occasionally referred to as the ’Shan Bagan’, is a huge collection of partly restored and partly ruined stupas begun in the 12th century and added to by Shan princes up until the 18th century. It is a highlight of any visit to Nyaung Shwe and should not be missed.





In Dein lies off the lake to the southwest and is reached by travelling up the scenic In Dein River from the lake village of Ywama. The restored section -- a forest of shining spires restored on a low hill -- creates a spectacular effect (although the restoration would give an archaeologist a heart attack). The still ruined, vegetation-clad brick stupas on the lower slopes are also simply superb.

The setting of In Dein is incredible. Photo taken in or around In Dein, Inle Lake, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

The setting of In Dein is incredible. Photo: Mark Ord

The site lies at the foot of the hills overlooking Inle Lake, which provide a wonderful backdrop. The river is picturesque and carries visitors to small In Dein village, with its numerous cafes and souvenir shops. From here, a short walk through the market area takes you to the start of a long, covered corridor lined with non-stop souvenir stalls which climbs the gentle hill to the central pagoda. During quiet periods, your boatman may moor directly at the foot of the bridge by the entrance to the pagodas.

Many of the more spectacular ruined stupas lie to the sides of this main corridor, so try and branch off left as soon as possible to visit the clump of ruins situated to the south, which houses some of the most dramatic and photogenic sites.

The transition zone between old and new. Photo taken in or around In Dein, Inle Lake, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

The transition zone between old and new. Photo: Mark Ord

The largest of this group of ruins has preserved murals and a recently uncovered Buddha image while moving to the far left of the group will afford wonderful views up the slope towards the main ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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