SHWET SET TAW FESTIVAL
29 images Created 30 May 2014
In a remote area, located in the southeast of Myanmar, at one tributary of the Irawadi river, between the Magway Division and Rhakine State, is the Shwe Set Taw Pagoda (the name means something like “Lord Buddha spent the night here”). It is a pilgrimage site for buddhists and during three months each year, before the rainy season makes the river swell, it turns into a vacation paradise for Burmese people. Each year, from mid- February to mid-April, bamboo huts are set up to be rented out as “apartments” on the “beach” shore. There’s a constant bustle of local tourists, traders, street vendors offering rubber rings and busybodies in the improvised streets during the Shwe Set Taw Festival.