7 Interesting facts about Yangon Myanmar

16 March 2019 Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon Myanmar
Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon Myanmar
Hello guys, welcome back. Traveling to 7 different countries opened my way of thinking in terms of diversity and on how to be a globally open-minded person. Before coming to Myanmar, I was in doubt whether to put it on my bucket list or not as mostly of my friends told me that it is dangerous to be visited and yet I found it to be more challenging to go there (stubborn person haha). Until, I stepped on both of my feet and found myself to be impressed in every corner of Yangon. 

So, Yangon, a golden city, is the capital city of Myanmar. From my experience, I can say that Yangon is like untouched city, the tradition and the custom are both so rigid and thick, and those what make it so unique. Alright, let me reveal 7 interesting facts about Yangon Myanmar.


1) Longyi
Longyi is actually sarong that the locals wear in their daily life. The interesting fact about this longyi is that the locals wear it for both formal and informal events. For me, Indonesian, it looks so unusual to wear sarong to do my activities or even step out from home since I only use it when I want to sleep or take a pray. In Yangon, in contrary, people are wearing it in every area. So, thats why when I landed in the airport, the first question came up on my head was "why all the officers are wearing sarong in the airport?". Until I found out the reason that it is their both formal and informal attire. So, when you come to Yangon Myanmar, you'll notice the locals wear long sleeve shirt on top and a longyi/sarong at the bottom plus carrying on their bag.
Longyi
The locals wear Longyi
2) Thanaka 
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When I was a kid, I always saw my grandma using yellow powder or "bedda tettu" (in bugginess) before taking a nap as she said that it can make her sleep well. Also, her yellow powder is made of mashed up rice and turmeric. The rice to produce cold sensation when it mixed with water and the turmeric to give colour and fragrant. I even tried it once and it did help me sleeping like a log.
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Thanaka
The locals use Thanaka
In Yangon, Thanaka, a yellow powder like, is really famous in the society. However, unlike my grandma's yellow powder, it is made of wood. Also, people dont use it for napping yet they use it to go out for working, to school or to do any other activities. But dont take it wrong, the way they use it is very special because they dont blend it to the whole part of their face unless making only a circle shape on both of their cheeks. So, they go to work, students go to school or go out for walking or the mall, they use the thanaka. When I ask Zaw Minh Aung, my friend from Myanmar, about this, he simply said that because thanaka can make you look beautiful and it turns out to be their traditional make up. 

So, are you guys confident enough to wear longyi and use thanaka to work or to the mall? :D

3) No Motorbikes
Motorbikes are not allowed
Motorbikes are not allowed
When I was in Yangon, I was wondering the reason why I didnt find any motorbikes. All the vehicles that passed by were cars. Until Zaw explained it again to me that the government does not allow motorbikes as their private transportation for the reason that motorbikes can cause more road accidents than cars. Finding out this fact, I do salute the governments in Yangon Myanmar as they do care the safety of their citizens. So, no locals but the police officers can ride a motorbike. In simply, motorcycles are banned by the government for avoiding accident and for safety reasons.

4) The vehicles are old-fashioned
People in Yangon, dont mind using the old-fashioned conveyance as long as it works properly. Another fact that I admire about this country is their modesty. They dont really care about how their cars look like, all they care about is the function to carry you to anywhere. So, dont get surprise if you come to Yangon then you barely able to find Honda Jazz, Honda Brio and such.
Cars in Yangon Myanmar
Cars in Yangon Myanmar
5) Every meal is served with soap and tea
Meals served with soap and tea
Meals served with soup and tea
Another interesting fact that made me in love with this country is the way they serve their meal. Well, about the soup we might all serve it every time we eat, but the soup that they have is a soup where you need to mix it by yourself like to put the onion and other vegs. Also, the tea is something different. So, unlike in Taiwan where people having only soup after their meal, in Yangon Maynmar instead they also have tea without sugar to drink after their meal. Their tea is really fragrant but without sugar in it and it is delicious for sure.
Tea without sugar in Yangon
Tea without sugar in Yangon
6) Most people cannot speak English
The locals are very friendly and yet they are unable to speak english well. If you are coming to Myanmar, make sure you are able to communicate by gesture haha. Even tough, they cannot communicate well with me, I really like their attitude in so much respect and smile :).
7) Myanmar has winter
Really? Thats what I found out when I was there. Unlike Indonesia that only has summer and wet, in Myanmar, they have winter that happen from November to the end of February. I didnt even know about it until Zaw asked me whether I felt cold or not. Then I answered it yes, he replied me saying that because its winter now. And I was like, seriously? you have winter? how lucky as we only have two seasons in Indonesia haha. 

Unlike the winter in Europe where the snow is falling, in Yangon Myanmar you can feel the wind blowing cooler even if the sun rises. So, if you decide to come to Myanmar, make sure to come during winter season as you'll be very comfort exploring the city in its cold weather. (But there are some parts of Myanmar that have snow for sure)

Okay, thats 7 interesting facts about Yangon Myanmar and read also other interesting facts of ASEAN Coutries here

19 comments

  1. I can't imagine, when i'm drinking a cup of tea without sugar, and i have readed about Longyi, so hilarious... hehe... , but actually Longyi is unique, it reflects the culture and tradition of Myanmar

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    1. in fact drinking tea without sugar is healtier and more delicious hehe.

      Its a must-trying drink :)

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  2. Postingannya bikin iri Kak. Sangat menarik bisa belajar banyak hal tentang kehidupan orang-orang di luar sana.

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    1. Alhamdulillah jika postingan ini informatif kak hehe

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  3. Saya membutuhkan google translate setiap kali membaca di blog ini hehehe...

    Tapi saya suka, setidaknya memicu usaha untuk belajar bahasa Inggris. Oh yah pakai bedak yang di kampung kita disebut bedak basa sangat unik ya. Maaf saya lihat tidak ada cantik-cantiknya hahaha....

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    1. hahahahhahahaha,
      padahal di myanmar dimana2 orang memakai itu kak katanya biar tambah cantik :D

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  4. Wah, di sinika lagi saya.
    Menikmati setiap kata yang seperti mewakili mata saya melakukan travelling ke negeri2 asing.
    Makasih ya

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  5. wow number 3 looks different with my soul. bcoz i always eksplore a city with motorcycle. hemmm

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    1. I, as well, prefer to mobile by motorbike than car haha.

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  6. Heh seriously Myanmar ada musim winternya? Baru tauuuu dan beneran langsung gugling tadi pas baca part terkhir. Setauku sam aja kayak di Indo. Waw waw

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  7. jadi tau kalau waktu terbaik jalan ke Myanmar itu antara November - Februari pas winter. blog ini jadi jendela ke mana-mana..

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  8. I wonder why people ini Myanmar prefer to use old-fashioned car..

    It's totally different with us in Indonesia.. People always update to the newest one..

    They prefer to focus on the function than its fashion..

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    1. I wondering as well, until my friend explained it to me hehehe

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  9. Setiap negara punya keunikan sendiri-sendiri ya dan dari postingan ini saya jadi tahu keunikan dari negara Myanmar. Ngomong soal teh saya ingat baru kemarin saya bikin teh untuk suami, tapi ternyata bukan gula yang saya masukkin tapi vetsin hehe, setidaknya jauh lebih enak teh tanpa gula daripada teh yang dicampur dengan vetsin haha.

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    1. oh MG, saya tidak bisa bayangkan bagaimana rasanya itu tehnya kak hahahha

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  10. I am sure you supposed to write 'soup' instead of 'soap'. Hahaha...

    Nice blog anyway!

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