king narapatisithu’s shwe indein pagodas


The Shwe Indein Pagodas are a group of Buddhist pagodas in the village of Indein, near Ywama and Inle Lake in Shan State, Myanmar. The pagodas were commissioned during the reign of King Narapatisithu. King Narapatisithu was king of the Pagan dynasty of Myanmar from 1174 to 1211 C. E. and is considered the last important king of Pagan. His peaceful and prosperous reign gave rise to “Burmese” culture. The Pagan Empire reached its peak during his reign, and would decline gradually after his death. This site can be accessed from the shores of Inle Lake, and it is a forty minute or so boat ride from most of the main hotels along the lake’s shore.