Culture of Myanmar
What is the culture of Myanmar like? Our destination experts share an overview.
It’s not just glittering gold pagodas that you will notice as you travel in Myanmar! The people here will enchant you as well.
Despite strict military rule and almost no exposure to modern western culture, the Burmese people welcome visitors with open arms.
Nearly 85% of the population follow Theravada Buddhism. Novitiation, when young boys are initiated into the Buddhist order, is a compulsory ritual. Indian, Chinese and colonial influences are evident in the former British capital of Yangon.
Artistic inclinations are encouraged in Myanmar, especially silk weaving, painting, tapestry, pottery and gemstone engraving. Gold leafing is also rather popular here. During one of our Myanmar tours, you will find that marionettes are a common part of the culture, and during festivals puppets are dressed ornately for shows at pagoda festivals and theaters in Yangon and Mandalay.
Over 111 languages are spoken within the borders of Myanmar, although about two-thirds of the population speak Burmese – the official language. English is widely spoken in the urban areas of Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan.
Top Myanmar Travel Tip
Don’t be surprised to see women walking around the streets with white paste smeared across their faces. The traditional paste, called thanaka, acts as a natural sunscreen and has many other medicinal benefits!
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