Where to buy souvenirs in Myanmar

In addition to paying a visit to many famous places of interest, enjoying fresh atmosphere, exploring the daily life of locals, enjoying delicious traditional dishes of your destinations, buying souvenirs is also a part of your trip. A trip to Myanmar is not an exception and knowing where to get your souvenirs is also important. Tours Indochina Myanmar

Augustine’s Souvenirs

Augustine’s Souvenirs
Augustine’s Souvenirs – source: gomyanmartours.com

Located at No 23 Attiyar Street, off Thirimingalar Street, Kamayut Township, Augustine’s Souvenirs is a bygone emporium originally known as Augustine’s Antiques. As in Burma, antiques are not permitted to be exported, the shop changed its name. Although now it major in many more novel items, the quality is still good. Here, customers can find colonial-style furniture, carvings from Mandalay workshops, lacquer from producers in the Shan States, gilded wooden statues together with several silver and brass temple offering bowls dating back to the 20th century, sold by families due to the shortage of money. Do not forget to ask for a receipt and a stamped letter representing that the items you get are not antiques.

Pansodan Gallery

Pansodan Gallery
Pansodan Gallery – source: myanmore.com

Situated on the first floor, 286 Pansodan Street, Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Pansodan Gallery is a go-ahead fine art gallery on the edge of the colonial quarter, where you can find hundreds of paintings stacked around its walls. The highly destructive state of the place: some of artists at Aung Soe Min sell internationally and he nourishes rising talent throughout Burma, may make many guests put off. Acrylic landscapes, portraits and abstract works are something for everyone. If wanting to buy a large canvas, you have to take of the wooden stretcher and roll it up to transport back home. Myanmar travel packages

Ko Than Hlaing Silk

Ko Than Hlaing Silk
Ko Than Hlaing Silk – source: justgola.com

Located in Inpawkhon Village, Inle Lake, Ko Than Hlaing Silk is a three-floor rickety wooden workshop, where you can observe local women weave intricately-patterned dress lengths on handlooms and spin the silk by hand.

This family-owned enterprise in Inpawkhon is not quite so crowded out by tour groups when being compared to many silk-weaving workshops in Nampan village. Once coming to this enterprise, you should not miss the demonstration representing the way they extract delicate fibers from the lotus flower stem. Although now being used by exclusive Italian fabric house, Loro Piana, lotus stem fibers are originally woven into weather-proof shawls for remarkable Buddhist monks. Other things you can find in the extensive shop are silk and lotus scarves as well as silk and cotton clothing and shawls in various colors and sizes and at fixed prices.

Thein Nyo Silk

Thein Nyo Silk
Thein Nyo Silk – source: wendybetteridge.wordpress.com

Located in Oh Taw Quarter, Amarapura, which is the royal city explaining its silk-weaving heritage. Being one of the most accessible workshops in Burma, the shop is a spot where guests can walk through the building and observe when men dye the silk clews and superintend the reeling and spinning. You can also see women weave elaborately patterned longyis which sell for hundreds of dollars in another area of the workshop. The attached shop sells lengths of loomed by hand silk and cotton in jewel colors not only plain but also patterned. There are covetable woolen scarves, plain and plaid, which make ideal presents for men at fixed prices in a smaller room next door.

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