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Things About Myanmar (Burma) That You May Not Know

Updated on July 17, 2017

Flag of Myanmar

Myanmar is 261, 227 square miles and it has just under 60 million people.
Myanmar is 261, 227 square miles and it has just under 60 million people. | Source

Humongous Book

Kuthodaw Pagoda is the largest book in the world as it is inscribed on 729 marble slabs.
Kuthodaw Pagoda is the largest book in the world as it is inscribed on 729 marble slabs. | Source

Myanmar Has the Biggest Book on Record

The biggest book in the entire world can be found in Myanmar. It is written on 727 marble tablets and it was finished in 1868. The books tablets or pages if you will are secured in a Buddhist stupa. This book is huge and it is protected inside a room that is very wide, tall and secure. It will take weeks to read but it can be done, in my case a translator would need to read it in English so I can follow.

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Map of Myanmar

Skirted Men

Men wear skirts that are called ""longyi" and it measures almost 7 feet in length.
Men wear skirts that are called ""longyi" and it measures almost 7 feet in length. | Source

Men in Myanmar Wear Skirts

Longyi are skirts that can be worn by men and women. They are very popular and can be worn anytime and anyplace. Keep in mind these skirts are not kilts like males wear in Scotland. Longyi come in different colors and styles and some people wear the skirt in different ways depending on the moment. Children and older folks too! Wearing Longyi has nothing to do with race, creed, sexual orientation or anything of that nature. It is simply a fashion statement. Just a piece of clothing.

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Kiss For Food

If you visit a restaurant or a bar then simply blow a kiss to your waiter to place an order.
If you visit a restaurant or a bar then simply blow a kiss to your waiter to place an order. | Source

In Myanmar People Blow Kisses To Waiters to Place Food Orders

Blowing a kiss is a way to get quick service when ordering food or drinks out in public. Do not worry nobody will look at you funny because it is a tradition. To the best my knowledge, the kiss pertains to food orders, and at bars and clubs, drink orders. One thing is for sure, unlike in America, it is not a loving or flirting gesture in any form. Take my order sign language if you will.

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Trash

Large portions of Myanmar has tons of trash scattered all over the place.
Large portions of Myanmar has tons of trash scattered all over the place. | Source

Littering is Legal and Trash is Everywhere

It is perfectly legal to toss trash anywhere you like in this country and unfortunately people do it constantly. A few garbage bins can be found here and there but hardly anyone uses them. Whether you are walking down the road or driving in a car, it is normal to see trash being strolled all along beaches, roads and anywhere you can think of that should be free of debris but isn't. I for one would use a trash bin or keep it in my automobile until I could dispose of it properly.

Hard Living Conditions

Several areas of Myanmar has to go without power or water every single second of each day.
Several areas of Myanmar has to go without power or water every single second of each day. | Source

The Country Goes Without Power Several Times Everyday

Most of Myanmar goes for more than half the day with major power shortages in residential and business areas. On the other hand, many homes have no electricity or running water whatsoever. When homeowners and business owners pay the bill, the electricity will still go in and out each and everyday of the week. A big majority of this country is faced without power constantly and face hardships that I can barely fathom.

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12th Century & Still Standing!

Many religious temples from the 12th and 13th centuries still stand strong in Myanmar.
Many religious temples from the 12th and 13th centuries still stand strong in Myanmar. | Source

Myanmar Has Temples From the 12th Century

Myanmar is home to some of the oldest religious temples and shrines that are still standing tall in their original state, for the most part. These are considered sacred sites and it would be smart to keep your feet pointed away from all religious spots, period. It is considered rude and if I may say, sacrilegious to point your fingers toward or your feet in the direction of Buddhist temples.

Chinlone

Chinlone is played or watched by most of the country. The sport involves a ball and six players at a time.
Chinlone is played or watched by most of the country. The sport involves a ball and six players at a time. | Source

Chinlone is the National Sport of Myanmar

The national sport of Myanmar is called Chinlone. Six people play the game and it is considered non-competitive. Chinlone is like a super charged version of hacky-sack with a twist which is dancing. A way out sport but if you watch a clip on youtube it does look entertaining as far as being a spectator goes. The coolest part is that the crowd gets in the action by dancing as well which is amazing.

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Cash Flow

Many restaurants, gas stations and grocery markets only take a cash payment for goods and services.
Many restaurants, gas stations and grocery markets only take a cash payment for goods and services. | Source

Cash Only at Most Places in Myanmar

Only a few limited places in the whole country accept debit or credit cards but every business takes greenbacks. Although ATM's can be found in some cities, even those machines are limited in the debit cards that they accept so have some cash on hand. If you do not have green you will have a horrible memory of your time in Myanmar because you will be limited on what you are able to purchase and do. Also, hotels are outrageously priced in this country as they truly capitalize on visitor money.

Betel Nuts

Betel nuts omit a red liquid which makes the human that eats it look like a vampire, LOL.
Betel nuts omit a red liquid which makes the human that eats it look like a vampire, LOL. | Source

The Majority of Myanmar Chew Betel Nuts

Almost every single person living in Myanmar chew on Betel nuts on a regular basis like a hobby or a habit, if you will. It makes the mouth and teeth turn red although it cleans out easily when you brush your teeth. It is done by literally everyone at some time or another and they look like blood sucking vampires or zombies when they smile after eating a handful of Betel nuts.

Connected...Sometimes

Myanmar has slow internet connection and that is when they are even able to get an online connection.
Myanmar has slow internet connection and that is when they are even able to get an online connection. | Source

Myanmar Has Horrible Internet When It Even Has It

Internet in Myanmar uses dial-up which means slow motion and very old school connection to say the least. Myanmar has many areas that cannot ever get online in the first place. As far as streaming and downloading music or videos you can forget about it.

Myanmar Food

One of the main tourist attractions for visitors to Myanmar is the world class food.
One of the main tourist attractions for visitors to Myanmar is the world class food. | Source

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    • lesliebyars profile image
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      Buster Johnson 4 weeks ago from Alabama

      I am spoiled compared to that way of life which is hard.

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      Angel Guzman 4 weeks ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Cash only, poor energy, and littering is allowed!? What the hell!? Send our President there, lol. I would go crazy there.