Myanmar is an ideal destination that owns rich traditional and culturally cultivated things. Myanmar is really a right and pleasant place for the travelers to experience many unique and valued items. Coming to duty-free shops, department stores, supermarkets and minimarkets, the visitors can have a wide selection of unique locally made goods, luxury buys for both foreigners and local people with fixed prices. Here are list of top 11 must-buy things as recommendations for the visitors travelling to Myanmar.
1. Sand Paintings
Myanmar is considered as an art mastering place of sand paintings. Through sand paintings, the tourists can image and discover the replica of the yester era, the cultural life and people of Myanmar or even Buddha. The visitors can find this art everywhere in Myanmar, especially, Bagan because they can easily catch pagodas and temples surrounded by sand paintings selling places.
2. Gemstone Paintings
Besides sand paintings, Myanmar is famous for gemstone paintings because of its interesting making process. Crushing gemstones into bits, powdering and using colors for the paintings; these steps makes a very nice paintings. The visitors have chances to enjoy the beauty of traditional landscapes in Myanmar. They can find to buy these paintings in Mandalay, Yangon, Bogyoke markets and also Myanmar Shopping Malls.
Tapestry art has been existed for a long time in Myanmar. One of the most popular tapestry images the tourists can see is on intricately-decorated cloth, formal dance costumes created by skilled weavers in. Until now, they also see in many items in life; the visitors can buy beautiful chic handbags as their gifts when coming back to the hometown. Mandalay is the place owns numerous unique tapestry designs in Myanmar.
Lacquerware presents offer the travelers a large selection of well-made bowls, trays, vases, plates and boxes in both traditional and modern designs which describes the scenes and the lives in Buddha. Genuine lacquerware is engraved with natural colors of sand, stone and flowers. Lacquerware chips and cracks are easy to pack in visitors’ hand luggages. One of the most beautiful items here are the simple black lacquer bowls lined with gold leaf. Bagan is an ideal place to buy beautiful and high quality lacquerware with great choices and affordable prices.
5. Arts and Crafts
Myanmar is known as a rich cultural country with its preserved antique arts and culture. Beautiful architecture is shown on many gifts as palm leaves, wall murals, parchment and also global painters’ community. Coming to Myanmar, the tourists cannot miss one of the most recognized Burmese pieces of art is Marionette. It is lovely form of puppet traditional entertainment in Myanmar. The visitors can not only gaze with live wonderful marionette puppet show but also buy handcrafted wooden puppets as their personal souvenirs.
Longyi, a long wrap around skirt, is a traditional Burmese skirt worn by both genders in Myanmar. The local people those who wear it feel as much as comfortable. It is called “Pasu” when worn by men and named “Htamein” when used for women. The travelers have wide ranges of options to choose the best suitable longyi base on the intricacy of the design and the materials. Silk shops around Myanmar sell fine materials to make longyi or the tourists can even buy the ready-made ones in some online shopping sites.
7. Lotus Silk Shawls and Scarves
Lotus Silk Shawls and Scarves are considered as goods gift suggestions in Myanmar. This lotus silk is a very beautiful, lavish and it usually costs a budget as buying more one thousand flowers and takes two weeks to make a piece of scarf. The tourists can visit Nyaung Shwe village and also some places near Inle Lake to buy shawls and scarves.
8. Marble Carvings
Marble Carvings has contributed to Burmese culture for about 200 years. This marble source is is extracted from Saqyin Hill and carved into statues and stone slabs. Visiting Myanmar, the tourists can buy marble carvings to add to their personal collections or as gifts for their families or friends in hometown.
9. Tamarind Flakes
The visitors come to Myanmar because of not only its beautiful sight seeing places but also tasty cuisines. When it comes to Myanmar’s foods, the travelers cannot miss tamarind flake, a unique sweet and sour taste that comes from tamarind. However, tamarind flakes are the unusual local sweet that you are not likely to find anywhere else in Myanmar than Bagan, hence, the guests can buy these items when they travel to Bagan.
10. Gems and Pearl Artifacts
Myanmar is a great miner of precious stones, ruby, jade, pearls, beads and pearl. Coming to big markets, the visitors can find many pearl products as plates, cups, bowls and pearl caviar spoons. Yangon is an ideal destination for the travelers to find the best suitable gems and pearl artifacts in their collections.
11. Gold Leaves
Visiting many cities and going around interesting places in Myanmar, the visitors can gaze with Buddha images or stupas gilded with gold leaves, especially, in Mandalay. Mandalay has many lacquerware or gold leaf workshops that own the biggest supply for genuine gold leave resources. The making process to produces gold leaves is entirely done by hand and seeing this procedure is very interesting such as the packets of coin-sized pieces of pure gold are beaten into gossamer-thin leaves by men while wielding sledgehammers before being carefully cut and packed by women.
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