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Inle Lake Jumping Cat Monastery

Jumping Cat Monastery - Inle Lake
Approaching Jumping Cat Monastery by boat on Inle Lake

Inle Lake Jumping Cat Monastery is a popular tourist destination on Inle Lake. The Burmese name for this monastery is Nga Phe Kyaung located in the township of Nyaungshwe in Shan state.

This monastery has gained its reputation “Jumping Cat Monastery” because the numerous cats hanging around the monastery are trained to jump through a hoop.

Nga Phe Kyaung monastery itself is over 100 years old, built four years before the Mandalay palace and worth a visit, just to experience the beautiful architecture which is traditional in monasteries from this bygone era.

When approaching the monastery by boat it would appear from the outside that it is rather weather beaten, the roof has seen better days, and who knows, maybe with the influx of tourists, the tourist dollar may help replace or repair it sometime in the future.

The interior is another story, also weather worn, with numerous huge teak wood supporting pillars which are mostly gilded, will I imagine still be standing in a few hundred years time.

The main room in this Monastery is huge with a raised centre platform which houses the many beautiful Buddha statues. Most of the statues within this monastery are predominantly Shan style, with a few in the Mandalay style.

There is a sense that time has stood still when walking within this monastery, the many gigantic thick teak wood pillars, teak wood floors and beautiful Buddha statues make this monastery a must see, so peaceful and tranquil.

Inle Lake Jumping Cat Monastery

Shan Crowned Buddha Statue on decorative throne
One of the Many Buddhist statues in Jumping Cat Monastery
Shan Royal King Buddha Statue
Beautiful solid teak wood Pillars
Raised platform with Buddhist iconography and Buddha statues
Approaching Jumping Cat Monastery by boat on Inle Lake
Approaching the Monastery by boat on Inle Lake
Royal King Buddha Statue - Jumping Cat Monastery, Inle Lake
Royal King Buddha Statue seated on large throne
Jambhupati Royal King Buddha Statue - Jumping Cat Monastery
Jambhupati Royal King Buddha Statue

Cats jumping through a hoop