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Myanmar Shopping Tips – Things to Buy When Visiting Myanmar

April 05, 2021 - 4761 views

After each trip, the souvenirs featuring each country are the items many tourist seek the most. Here are the suggested products for the tourists who are planning a trip to Myanmar.

1. Gemstone

Myanmar has a lot of gemstone mines (mainly jade, ruby, and sapphire), gemstone products originating from Myanmar are always highly appreciated in the international market. Moreover, the price of gems here is also much more cheaper than the other countries.

Gemstones - top things to buy in myanmar

Gemstone sold in Myanmar

If you are looking for a prestigious place to buy gemstones, do not miss the Bogyoke Aung San Market in Yangon. This market established from the years 1994 – 1995 when Myanmar started business operations abroad. As soon as entering the market, tourists will feel overwhelmed with many kinds of gemstones sold in the stores. Gemstone in this market includes a range of types from a few USD to thousands of USD. Although there are many stores, no competition is available here. Bogyoke Aung San market is one of the reputable places where many licensed stores are located.

However, you need to be careful when choosing the gem because the boundary between the fake and real is fragile.

2. Longyi & Paso

Burmese traditional costumes - best things to buy in Myanmar

Longyi and Paso are traditional costumes of the Myanmar people

Longyi (for women) and Paso (for men) is the traditional costume of the Myanmar people. It is simply a cloth wrapped from the waist down to the feet instead of trousers or skirts, but the wrap between the two sexes is completely different. And more interestingly, when necessary, this traditional costume is pulled up to be a raincoat, a sturdy hat for women to keep cargo (fruits, foods) without holding hands. Longyi and Paso are useful in many situations and are usually chosen to buy as a gift after the trip.

Longyi and Paso are made from a variety of silk fabrics, from the affordable to the high-level kinds, depending on your budget and preferences, you can choose the right product for you.

3. Lacquer painting

The lacquer painting - a best gift to buy in myanmar

The lacquer painting is also engraved and painted on bowls, cups, vases, and the other items

Bagan, the ancient capital of Myanmar, is known for its thousands of ancient towers, temples, and pagodas. However, the mark of this land is made by another factor that comes from the traditional handmade lacquerware here.

In addition to painting on paper, or wood carving, the Myanmar lacquer painting is also engraved and painted on bowls, cups, vases, and other items. This product is available throughout the country but the most famous production center is in Bagan. You can buy yourself a lacquer painting in the village of Myinkaba (Bagan). However, before buying tourists should ask for the price then bargain, and also be careful not to buy the fake product.

4. Decorative tapestry

Each pattern on a tapestry in Myanmar is made meticulously

Each pattern on a tapestry in Myanmar is made meticulously

Textile tapestry is a long-term tradition in Myanmar. The tapestry is made meticulously, decorated with gold, silver, and sparkling sequins. The image on the tapestry often depicts the classic Buddhist stories or other non-mundane objects of Burmese Buddhism such as legendary animals, Hintha, Kalong, etc.

Today’s traditional tapestry is disappearing, instead of that, the tourism products are usually seen in Mandalay and Yangon. 

5. Sandpainting

Sand painting - stunning gift after myanmar trip

Sand painting is always a beautiful souvenir that any tourist would love to have one

Many galleries in Bagan or Yangon usually display beautiful paintings, reflecting the Buddhist philosophy and human life of the Myanmar people.

Sand painting originates a long time ago in Myanmar history. It was used to be considered as a tribute to the artisans of the major events in the palace. The artisans must create special and exotic paintings to the royal. If the royal members were interested in the painting, they will reward the artisans. Nowadays, Bagan sand paintings are sold to all the classes in social life, especially Western visitors.

In Bagan, the tourists can admire the artists creating many featured paintings: the peaceful ancient temples, bonzes beg for foods in the early sunshine, daily life of local citizens, or the iconic leader of the Democrat Aung San Suu Kyi.

Besides all the items mentioned above, the wind chimes, paper umbrellas, Buddha statues are also souvenirs the tourists would love to buy the most on your Myanmar trip.

Read more: What is the best time to visit Myanmar?

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