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#945 Nga Hpe Chaung (Jumping Cat Monastery), Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)

If I ever became a Buddhist monk, I think that I would choose to live at this monastery in the middle of Inle Lake -- where else in the world could I possibly meditate and pray, AND be with cats all the time? Teaching an animal like the cat is difficult, as those who have tried must already be aware, so when you visit this monastery and see the astonishing visions of cats jumping through hoops on demand, it is impressive. And because they are lazing around all over the place in the rest of the time, it is cat-lover heaven. Yes, a tourist trap, perhaps, but a unique one!


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