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 which is meticulously cleaned, swept and polished. Even if the floor is a concrete one, it is always polite to take off your shoes. It is not necessary to bring a present to your host. It is not a custom for the visitor to bring any present for the host in Myanmar. Be careful of the manner if there is a Buddha’s shrine in the living room. Avoid pointing your feet to the Lord Buddha as it is considered an insult in Myanmar.

14 comments for “A visit to Myanmar house – Dos and Don’ts

  1. December 23, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I AM QUITE ACUSSTOMED WITH MYANMAR COLTURE. I LIVED THERE FOR 6 YEARS.ITS A MAEVELOUS COUNTRY AND A FANTASTIC CULTURE.I WOULD REQUEST YOU TO SENT ME CONTACTS OF PLACEMENT CONSULTANTS WHO RECRUITE EXPATS TO WORK IN MYANMAR.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS

    DEEPAK

  2. Nov
    January 13, 2010 at 11:34 am

    A agency called Executive Search is popular in Yangon, Myanmar.
    esearch@yangon.net.mm

  3. February 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I THINK UPDATING THE SITE IS REQUIRED.

    HAVE A NICE WEEK.

  4. Phyu
    May 22, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I agree, need the update one.
    Not most houses are wooden floor houses. Come and visit to Yangon.

    • wny
      August 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm

      what the most popular of yangoon?

  5. wny
    August 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    i want to know many thing about myanmar especially about bawathit mindat,chin state..please show me there..

  6. wny
    August 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    i want to know that about this ..
    did uwarmathumaung street is exist or not at bawathit mindat????
    i want to find this place there..
    im really want to to know about this..
    please somebody show me the truth…

  7. wny
    August 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    once more,could anybody may help me for this?
    i want to know this adress is really exist or not:
    Uwarmathumaung Street,
    Bawathit Mindat,
    Chin State,
    Union of Myanmar…

    please say me the truth…
    i’ll apreciate your help..

    • August 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm

      Yes.. U Wammathu Maung Street exist. And also the Bawathit ward in Mindat.

    • wny
      August 6, 2010 at 1:29 am

      thank u so much Bamarly..so long tyme i tried to find this..really apreciate yr helped..thank you..can u explain to me what the situation thre…??
      i meant the population,region..

  8. wny
    August 6, 2010 at 1:37 am

    some body can help me to translate myanmar language to me??
    “Ngha yea’ laminn”
    what the meaning of that word???
    help me please..

    • joe
      October 4, 2010 at 8:15 pm

      ngha yea’ means hell & laminn is full moon

    • sunbuddie
      December 28, 2010 at 6:28 am

      @wny,
      actually, it’s one of the song title of myanmar rocker Lay Phyu’s BOB alblum.
      means – ‘My Moon’
      depicts about a boy’s girlfriend who’s adorable, loveable and so kind-hearted to him …..

  9. Angela Markham
    September 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Hi – I live in New Zealand I am about to employ two recent Burmese refugee ladies who have been living in a Thai refugee camp for the past three years. I was looking for some information online about the differences between the western and burmese cultures esp in a woking environment. I want these two ladies to have a positive experience working in my company, however I realise our cultures are very different. We do have a language barrier so was hoping for some further readings on this topic – Can anyone suggest a good site for this?

    Thanks

    Ang

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