Top 10 Must Buys in Myanmar


10 Tamarind Flakes.

Myanmar is also renowned for its cuisine and checking out any of the tamarind flakes is an absolute necessity while visiting Bagan. Tamarind flakes are the rare local sweet that you are impossible to find somewhere in Myanmar other than Bagan, and there is also a scarce possibility of finding them in some other region of the country. After meals, tamarind sweets are served, with a special sweet and sour flavour that comes from tamarind. Next time you visit Bagan, make sure you purchase these little drops of heaven as Myanmar souvenirs.

9 Marble Carving.

The technique of forming three-dimensional shapes from marble is marble sculpture. Among the oldest of the arts is sculpture. Early humans fashioned forms out of stone long before painting cave walls. Objects have evolved from these origins, to their present complexity. Any of the best things to buy in Myanmar are Buddha statues carved in marble. You should purchase them either to add to your own collection or as presents for your loved ones. For nearly 200 years, marble carving craft has been a part of Burmese culture. The nation is rich in high grade marble mined from Saqyin Hill and carved into monuments and stone slabs, much like other jewels. It is important to note that marble carvers do not use metal hammers, but rather those made of wood extorted from tamarind or cut trees.

8 Gems and Mother of Pearl Artefacts.

Myanmar is highly noteworthy for its production of a wide variety of gemstones. Myanmar has it all, no matter what gem you want; diamond, jade, pearls or beads, and you are most likely to only find the same form of set in the respective region. In addition to diamonds, Myanmar offers a large collection of mother of pearl items that can be found in all global markets. Mother of pearl was a leading production material for Burmese artisans for a long time. Pots, cups, containers, and pearl caviar spoons are some of the finest mother of pearls to purchase in Myanmar. You will find them in markets in Yangon and Bogyoke.

7 Gemstone Painting.

Myanmar is known for its nuanced and fine paintings, but what many people do not know is that artists from Myanmar also create rare and exquisite gemstone paintings. Paintings are a major tourist attraction there, so it is certainly worth buying a painting made of gemstones; the technique involved grinding gemstones into bits and powder and using them as colours for the paintings. Relatively conventional interaction with landscapes is involved in the themes. Pagodas and Buddhist images, and in Mandalay, Yangon and Bogyoke markets, you will find this unique piece of art.

6 Lotus Silk Shawls and Scarves.

This one is our favourite now and should be an absolute must buy on your Myanmar page of what to buy. Lotus silk is a rare fibre harvested from lotus flower stems and spun into commercial yarn for the manufacture of exquisite scarves and shawls. One point to understand about them is that the main use of lotus silk is to produce garments for temple monks and parts for industrial use. As about 1200 flowers are used to produce 1 piece of scarf, Lotus silk is incredibly luxurious and costly and the process takes 2 weeks to complete. Make sure you visit Nyaung Shwe village and places near Inle Lake if you visit Myanmar, but this is because you can NOT find them anywhere.

5 Myanmar Longyi.

Longyi is a traditional Burmese skirt worn by men and women alike and is known as one of the most comfortable pieces of clothing. A longyi is a long wrap around skirt that is worn in Myanmar as traditional clothes, it’s called ‘Pasu’ when my men are worn and ‘Htamein’ when the folk women are worn. The greatest thing about them is their diversity, as you will find them made of not-so-expensive fabric and pure silk garments as well. The price also varies and relies on the complexity of the design and content availability, including clothes. Looking for something for your female friends and members of your family to buy? Surprise them with this typical Burmese piece of clothes.

4 Arts and Crafts.

Myanmar is rich in history, and much of its ancient arts and culture was retained since the surge of modernity was not so swift. Myanmar is famous for a rare collection of crafts that can only be found there; artists are extremely specialised in painting on palm leaves, wall murals, and parchment, and are now a significant part of the group of global painters. A marionette, which is a puppet and a part of Myanmar’s traditional entertainment, is one of the most known Burmese works of art. As your own set, as a souvenir or as a present for your friends and family, you can enjoy the live marionette puppet show and purchase them. Folk dolls, coconut masks and wood carvings are some other typical works of jewellery.

3 Lacquerware.

Lacquerware is a common Myanmar shopping item, and you’ll find the best quality lacquerware in Bagan. The best thing about them is that they can be purchased in different shapes, like cups and vases. The development of lacquerware, including sand paintings, is an arduous activity and the finished good is painted with scenes from Buddha ‘s lives. As a traditional item, the lacquerware vessel is hand carved, but the contemporary pieces are in deep black designed in gold leaf, created in terracotta colour and green-pigmented design. But when picking them, you need to be vigilant as there are high risks of ending up purchasing a fake piece, the safest way to prevent the situation is to ask a local Myanmarine to buy it for you.

2 Myanmar Tapestries.

Tapestries are exquisite and bring the subtle beauty to your living room; in Myanmar, tapestry is known as ‘Kalaga’ and is one of the most sought-after items for shopping. The art of spinning tapestries goes back thousands of years. They can be found almost anywhere in Myanmar, but still, if you want to get the best, Mandalay is your place. With a price range of $5 to $65, you can find tonnes of exclusive tapestry designs there and in Yangon and Bogyoke Market. Traditionally, only a tapestry was used, but the current application involves tapestry shoulder bags featuring the same conventional elegance.

1 Myanmar Sand-painting.

Sand paintings are a special craft, and no one should disregard Myanmar when talking about mastering craft. Paintings of sand come to the respective land as a natural heritage. And so it’s one of the must-buy acquisitions in Myanmar. Sand paintings date back to the age of Bagan when the paintings were made in a laboriously detailed and professional way. The present version of art is a copy of yesterday’s age and is similarly difficult to cultivate, including Vedic, Hindu, Theravada conceptions and Tantric metaphors in the major representations of paintings. Compared to Yangon or Bogyke Market, finding these paintings in Bagan is simple, as almost every temple has them on sale.