Leg Rowing Fishermen – the Symbol of Inle Lake

The fishermen, the most iconic representative of the fascinating Myanmar culture, the unique method of one-legged rowing, are a must see on your trip to Inle Lake, the second largest freshwater lake in Myanmar, located at a height of about 800 meters above sea level.

One-leg rowing fishermen in Inle Lake

One-leg rowing fishermen in Inle Lake

The Burmese fishermen who have mastered an unusual technique when it comes to padding their boats, balance carefully on one leg, and wrap their second leg around the oar to guide the vessel through the freshwater lake. As there are many reeds and water plants in the lake, standing on the end of the boat helps them have a great view and can lead the way better.

Father and his daughter fishing in Inle Lake

Father and his daughter fishing in Inle Lake

Besides, they keep both their hands free to handle the cumbersome nets which are submerged in the lake, about 10ft deep. The fishermen trap the fish by throwing the cone-shape net into the water, pressing on it with their feet so that the net sinks to the bottom where the fish are. Then, with the cone sank and the fish trapped, they spear from above through the hole at the top of the cone.

Sunset over Inle Lake

Sunset over Inle Lake

Spending a day on a boat trip around Inle lake certainly brings astonishing, memorable, overwhelming experiences to you. Though to watch true fishermen and their art of traditional fishing at Inle Lake is easy, you will passed by them on the lake as the day progress. Like a ballet or symphony, it is fascinating to watch them perform a fishing method uniquely their own, a skills acquired since childhood.

Two brothers boating along Inle Lake

Two brothers boating along Inle Lake

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