The Jumping Cats of Nga Hpe Kyaung

Category: Spontaneous Moments


Photo and caption by Ryan Friese

Many years ago, several Buddhist monks of Nga Hpe Kyaung Monastery needed a lighthearted respite from the rigors of their spiritual discipline. What started as a whimsical attempt to train a local group of cats to jump through hoops has turned into a major draw for visitors to the monastery. The sheer silliness of cats jumping through hoops on command is impossible to contain and caused me to erupt in laughter and uncontrollable giggling. Very few things in this world have brought such a pure, unadulterated smile to my face like the jumping cats of Nga Hpe Kyaung.

Location: Inle Lake, Myanmar


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