There is a monastery with an unusual structure in Hpa An called Kyauk Kalap, which means ‘water garden’. From the center of Hpa An, it is possible to rent a motorbike or take a motorcycle taxi to Kyauk Kalap so that you can see beautiful rice fields, plains and mountains along the way.

Kyauk Kalap Monastery, Hpa An

Kyauk Kalap Monastery, Hpa An

On arrival to the lake, you might want to take a few pictures of the uniquely spectacular compound with a small pagoda stood unbelievably still on top of a large rock formation which is next to a monastery in the middle of the lake. The monastery is where a well-known and highly respected monk U Winaya used to live in. It is closed everyday from 12pm to 1pm for the monks’ meditations. There is also free vegetarian food served at the pagoda from 9am to 5 pm.

Scenic view of Kyauk Kalap Monastery

Scenic view of Kyauk Kalap Monastery

From the monastery, there are great views of the surrounding countryside to delight in. Moreover, it is convenient to visit the Mount Zwegabin nearby which is considered one of the most sacred mountains in the country.