Trip Start Dec 25, 2008
141Trip End Dec 25, 2009
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In no time at all I am off to visit "Kyaut Ka Lat" which is called the Water Lake Monastery in the Lonely Planet. I found it to be amazing and spent considerable time here. While I was here a couple who was just married arrived to pray and receive blessings. They were dressed in the traditionnal wedding garments and I found out that it is tradition to visit monastaries to give thanks and receive blessings on a couple's wedding day. I also was present to the "hair cutting" ceremony of a local becoming a monk. I then climbed up the Water Lake Monastery and did a lovely meditation while a monk was chanting just a few feet away
The afternoon was spent visiting different caves outlined in the Lonely Planet - Kawgun Cave and Yathaypyan Cave, both covered with thousands of miniature clay and stone carved Buddhas as well as numerous buddha statues.
I totally enjoyed my visits in Hpa-An and specially the countryside and am taking the bus back to Moulmein tomorrow.
Anybody visiting this area of Myanmar should not miss Hpa-An and the surrounding sites.