Souvenir Ideas to buy in Myanmar

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Bordered by West Asia, East Asia and  Southeast Asia, I find Myanmar as culturally rich country. With this, it’s worth to it that one can chance upon bizarre, at the same time, alluring gifts and souvenirs as follows:

1. Marionettes

 

For those who appreciate its unique cultural element of Myanmar which is inspired by the colorful , mythical marionettes centuries ago; you can bring some of it home when you visit the  National Museum in Yangon or Bagan or Inle Lake. Better yet,  watch a live puppetry shows .

 

 

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2. Gemstone painting

 

Probably, one of the most exceptional things to consider buying in Myanmar is painting made from gemstones. Colorful crushed gemstones are  painted for a  fabulous painting. Tour around Bogyomarket and any shopping malls in Myanmar for a one of a kind gemstone painting.

 

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3. Longyi

 

One of the things I didn’t miss in Myanmar is wrapping myself with longyi to feel like a native Burmese.  Longyi is both donned by both sexes; it is called a Pasu when worn by man and a Htamein if by a woman. They say that the best longyis are found in Amarapura, well-known for the U Bein Bridge, the oldest and longest teak bridge of the world.

 

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4. Textiles

 

The Inle Lake is the ideal place to purchase high-quality, distinctive silk made from lotus. In some places in the Inle Lake, you’ll see how their gifted seamstresses create a silk blouse from dying it naturally to sewing it.

 

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5. Cigars

 

Cigars in Myanmar are well-known for its  pleasant aroma, and can be unique souvenirs.
Their cigars are hand-rolled cigars, and are made from a combination of tobacco, stems, wood chips and spices.

 

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6. Shirts

 

See the nice elephant prints!

 

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7. Thanaka

 

Another distinctive souvenir from Myanmar. It is a yellowish-white  paste made from ground bark that are generally applied to women’s face .

 

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8. Sour Plum Candies

 

If you like candies, try their local tart plum.

 

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9. The statues

 

As a Buddhist nation rich in history, as well as in marble, silver and gemstones, it is quite common to find carved Buddha statues in Myanmar. These are sold at many shops all over Myanmar.

 

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10. Sand paintings

 

I got one for just 5 USD! Of course after the haggle. Aside that they are sand paintings, the canvas are about Buddhism, Buddhist lifestyles and culture. You can pick up one of these decent gifts at a low price at any pagodas in Bagan.

 

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11. Silverware

 

Silverware is ranked 2nd after lacquer ware in the best selling craft items in Myanmar. People hear silverware, they immediately go to embellished rings, necklaces, bracelets, and even pots. Visit Inle Lake, Yangon and Mandalay for a jewelry shopping.

 

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Burmese woman selling accessories on boat

 

 

12. Other handicrafts

 

Something to add to your cutlery or souvenir collection which are made from shells or bamboo.

 

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13. Pathein Umbrella

 

These are common in Inle Lake where you can also find paper factory to learn the hand making process of umbrella.These paper made and bamboo framed parasols comes in myriad size and color.

 

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14. Lacquer ware

 

It is unknown as to lacquer ware in Burma originates from China or Thailand. But one thing is for sure, its designs are stunning which range from relief molded (Thayoe Pan Yun), incised (Ka Nyit Yun), and real gold leaf used (Shwe Zawa Yun). They say that the superior quality ones are found in Bagan.

 

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What do you think of these Burmese souvenirs? Please feel free to comment.

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Anna is a travel buff, logophile, choreophile, an adventurous foodie & glossophilia.She loves writing, dancing, traveling & learning languages. She speaks more than 5 languages and have been to more than 20 countries so far. In her leisure time, she loves to listen to music, dance & try cooking.

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