Planetary Posts in Myanmar Pagodas

Planetary Posts on Shwedagon

Ever wonder what these people on Shwedagon Pagoda are doing pouring water on Buddha’s statue? This custom is not only seen on Shwedagon but also on many other pagodas in Myanmar. You might think this is a simple offering of clean and cool water to Lord Buddha in an act of merit making. However, there is a deeper meaning to this simple act which is deeply rooted not in Buddhism but in Indian Brahman belief.


Buddhism does not belief in the influence of one’s time or day of birth read more


Thingyan Sar

What is Thingyan Sar? Probably you might never heard of this term before. It might be a strange term and concept for outsiders, even for our South East asian neighbours from Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Actually, thingyan sar is an integral part of Myanmar people.

Thingyan sar literally means words of Thingyan, which is Myanmar counter part of Thai Songkran or water festival. Thingyan is also the Myanmar new year celebration. Essentially, thingyan sar is a written prediction of what would happen read more


Khaung – Chin Traditional Beer

Khaung” is a kind of alcoholic beverage made locally in some parts of Myanmar, mostly among ethnic people. There are various kinds of “khaung” produced locally but most widely known are Kachin and Chin khaungs. I don’t know about Kachin khaung, but I have some knowledge about Chin khaung that I could share with you.

In Chin state, the most famous khaung is made in Southern Chin State, especially in Mindat read more

A visit to Myanmar house – Dos and Don’ts

Myanmar House

If you are a foreigner, especially outside of South East Asia region, here are a few guidelines for you to pay attention to when visiting a Burmese friend at his home in Myanmar. It is not necessary to call your host in advance before visiting him. However, it is a polite manner to let him know of your visit in advance. It is a custom to remove your shoes before entering a Burmese home. Most of the Burmese houses have wooden floor read more

Yay-Khin-Taw – Myanmar Royal Tune

The above video is from Youtube of a Burmese (Myanmar) traditional orchestra play ing Yay-Khin-Taw tune. Yay Khin is a special tune, usually reserved for the royal ceremonies. Traditionally, it is a tune used in the Royal court of Burma to wake the King, queens, princes and princess in the morning. A full Burmese orchestra would play this song in the morning in a room close to the King’s read more

Yaw Buddhish Religious Custom

I was visiting a small remote town (actually a large village) in Yaw region. It was Laung-shae, a very ancient town in Myanmar, and situated in Saw township. I saw these local people on a religious procession on a Buddhist holy day. They are carrying a Buddha’s image from the monastery read more

Memorial stones from Chin Hills

Memorial stone from Chin HillsIf you travel in Chin Hills, you will see many stone slabs erected on the side of the road. They are all written in Chin language so you won’t know what the meaning is. They are actually the memorial stones erected in the memory of the deceased. Usually, they give a brief description of the person who passed away, with achievements while they were alive. They include the awards, possessions, wives and children, read more