“Welcome to Samkar Lake”
Samkar Lake, Myanmar. November 2019. (12 photos)
We leave the magnificent golden splendour of The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon in my previous post and visit a more rural setting. In case it isn’t apparent, there’s no particular sequence to my posts about Myanmar.
Samkar Lake is located to the south of Inle Lake, and connected with it through Belu Chaung creek. It is an artificial lake, created by the building of a dam further south. Travelling to Samkar Lake by longboat from my accomodation at the northern part of Inle Lake took a couple of hours but it’s an interesting journey passing stilted villages on the lake, floating crop gardens and travelling through floating fields of lotus flowers. I’ll post some photos from that journey another time, perhaps.
The two girls above greeted me with a lotus flower. In return they were coaxed into posing for the camera. 🙂
Takhaung Stupa Complex was built in the 15th century. It has 236 Shan style stupas. I came across this Buddha head on the ground that had split into two parts. The top part of the head was very heavy – that’s all I’m saying about that.
“Workers in the field”
The stupas you see are on an island in Samkar Lake. Further in the background is another cluster of stupas.
“An Indiana Jones type moment”
Samkar Ancient Pagoda Complex is a ruined royal capital with ancient monasteries and pagodas, some partially covered in vegetation. Several of the stupas are at the lake’s edge and at certain times of the year become partially submerged in the lake.
“Samkar Ancient Pagoda Complex”
The tree growing on top of the stupa on the right reminded me of my visit to the ancient temples of Angkor.
“Buddhas in the field”
I was photographing around a lakeside village when I saw a young girl waving for me to come over and take her photo. I motioned to the women in the background who approved (I assumed one of them was probably the mother) then shot off a few photos. I showed the photos to all of them and got some huge smiles back in return.
“Village grocery store”
The salient point being there were no refrigerated goods here.
Mother watched on whilst her girls were being photographed. With a bit of encouragement she joined them for a photo. At the time, I didn’t even notice that her plastic bag had ” HAPPY 🙂 ” on it. But now I’m very happy it did.