8 Best Souvenirs to Buy in Myanmar
Myanmar is a sacred land known as the country of Buddhism with a long history and splendid culture, attracting many tourists. What are souvenirs in Myanmar that worth to buy? Shopping in Myanmar, a variety of distinctive handicrafts and tourist souvenirs are undoubtedly the first choice as gifts to friends and family. Where can buy best souvenirs in Myanmar? Bogyoke Aung San Market, Jade Market, Zegyo Market，Nyaung U Market and Five Day Market are best places for shopping in Myanmar.
No.1 Best souvenir in Myanmar - Jewelry and jade
What souvenirs you should buy in Myanmar? There is no doubt that jewelry is the first choice. Myanmar is a world-famous jewelry and jade production place. It is rich in jewels such as rubies, sapphires and jadeites with good quality. If you want to go to Myanmar to buy anything cheap, you have to mention jewelry. In Myanmar's traditional markets, sightseeing areas or shopping malls, there are vendors selling jewelry. Some only need a few dollars, while others offer thousands of dollars, which is difficult to distinguish. If you want to buy genuine jewelry, it is recommended to buy it at a government licensed store to avoid being deceived.
No.2 Best souvenir in Myanmar - Wood carvings
The wood carvings in Myanmar are very famous. The most precious ones are handicrafts making of teak wood, black wood or rosewood. The shape of the crafts and the texture of the wood are natural. The engravers create a life with a quiet, perfect inner world, giving the wood carvings vitality.
No.3 Best souvenir in Myanmar – Puppet
Burmese puppet shows are very famous. From Yangon to Mandalay to Bagan, there are puppet shows. Mandalay is a city where there are many puppet masters. Puppet is a good souvenir that you can buy in Myanmar.
No.4 Best souvenir in Myanmar – Longyi
The costumes of the Burmese are similar to those of the Yunnan Yi people. Both men and women wear a skirt in the lower body. The men’s skirt is called the cage base, and the skirt is called Tamane. Men wear skirt with dark colors mostly in plaids. There is longyi everywhere in Yangon, generally 4,000 Kyats, the best will be 25 dollars. Bogyoke Aung San Market sells longyi everywhere. You can buy cloth and ask tailor to make a longyi immediately. It only takes a few minutes and a processing fee of around 1000 kyats.
No.5 Best souvenir in Myanmar – Lacquerware
Burmese lacquerware is famous for its exquisite style and exquisite workmanship. According to historical records, lacquerware making originated in Myanmar in the 12th-13th century. There are a large number of handicraftsmen in Myanmar who are engaged in the traditional crafts of making lacquerware. Although the procedures for making lacquerware are complicated, in the eyes of the workers in Myanmar, they are different and unique works of art.
No.6 Best souvenir in Myanmar – Thanakha
Thanakha is a distinctive feature of the culture of Myanmar. Seen commonly applied to the face and sometimes the arms of women and girls, it is used to a lesser extent also by men and boys. In Myanmar, people with thanakha on their faces can be seen everywhere on the street. Thanakha is milled with the trunk of the thanakha tree, added with water to form a paste on the face, which can moisturize the skin and protect the sun. It is used by local men, women and children. It is available at roadside shops and some guesthouses, which is about 500 kyats.
No.7 Best souvenir in Myanmar – Cigars
Cigars are one of the most distinctive handicrafts in the Inle Lake, and there are many cigar workshops in its water village. The tobacco leaves are blended with palm sugar, cloves, cinnamon and other spices, which are much milder than cigarettes. Cigars are wrapped in paper made from a leaf and does not contain any synthetics.
No.8 Best souvenir in Myanmar – Sand paintings
Walking around the stupas in Bagan, you can often see street vendors selling sand paintings around the famous pagodas. The craftsmen of the boss and the painter sometimes sit on the floor and hold the canvas carefully to paint a beautiful picture with a sand-stained brush. The picture of sand painting has original totems, stupas, etc.