Jumping Cats Monastery, Lake Inle, Lake Inle
Burma, Lake Inle

Jumping Cats Monastery, Lake Inle

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Nga Hpe Kyaung, or the Jumping Cat Monastery, is a beautiful wooden monastery built on stilts over the waters of Lake Inle and is home to a number of important Buddha statues on the Lake. Many of the statues are gilded with gold leaf and many are made in the Tibetan and Shan styles. However the defining feature of the monastery is the fact that the monks who live there have taught a number of the local cats who also laze around the monastery floor to jump through hoops for food. As I am sure any cat owner will tell you, it is not easy to train a cat and the Inle cats seem more than willing participants in this surreal pastime.  

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Our guides in Yangon, Bagan, and Kalaw / Lake Inle were wonderful. They struck the right balance of explaining the history and importance of the sights we were seeing without over-doing it, they knew where to get the best view/experience at what time and could rearrange experiences so we got the most out of them. A standout was our guide in Kalaw / trek / Lake Inle. He was as keen to learn from us as he was to teach us, he bent over backwards to make sure we were happy and comfortable, and he was just plain fun too!

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