Inle Lake

Date of Submission: 04/10/1996
Criteria: (iii)(v)(vi)
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
Department of Archaeology
Coordinates: Southern Shan State, taunggyi District, Nyaungshwe Township:20°13' North/ 96°55' East
Ref.: 825


A large mountain lake in a well preserved landscape. Several ethnic groups use the lake and its shores as their central landmark. The cultural traditions of numerous villages around it focus on the lake and have distinctive features: - internal navigation, fishing and commerce; - floating vegetable gardens installed on artificial rafts. - distinctive housing shapes and types.

- annual Buddhist fezstival on the lake. The symbiosis and ecology of the lake, its shores and its villagers constitute a genuine instance of cultural landscape.