Location and History
Nestled in Inle Lake, Ngaphechaung Monastery is the biggest and the most ancient one on the Inle Lake. The monastery was built at the end of the 1850s with traditional architecture. The teak wood monastery houses a good collection of Buddhas. Additionally, Nga Phe Chaung monastery is also famous because monks here taught a few of many cats living with them to jump through hoops.
Although the monastery doesn’t have jumping cats anymore, there are a number of interesting features you should explore in this monastery while visiting it on an Inle Lake day tour. The hall in the monastery is home to a wide range of statues in Shan, Tibetan, Bagan and Inwa styles. Besides, a good collection of ancient Buddha images and huge vegetable gardens are worth to see.
Location: on the western side of Inle Lake, on the way to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
Open daily: daylight time