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Useful Tips


Remove footwear before entering pagoda precincts

In Myanmar, it is considered essential to remove footwear (including socks) before entering the compound of a pagoda or a Buddha shrine.

Wear decent clothes to the pagoda or monastery

Since pagodas and monasteries are centres of Buddhist veneration, you should not go there dressed in loose or semi see-through blouses or very short pants as if you were going to the beach. This may cause embarrassment to others.

Show respects to monks, novices and nuns

In Myanmar, a monk is regarded as the most reverent after the Buddha and His Doctrine and should be respected. The monk observes the 227 rules of the Discipline, studies the Doctrine, practises meditation, is celibate, keeps fasting every day, leads a life of abstinence and minimum wants. A novice whose life is almost similar to that of monk is dedicated to becoming a monk so he is also worthy of respect. A nun is a female religious person equally dedicated to a life of discipline and the study and practice of the doctrine.

Don't point a finger straight in the face

Pointing a finger straight in the face of a person would be taken as an accusation or a sign of contempt or aggression, although you may mean otherwise. Similarly, folding your arms or resting your hand or hands on your waist when talking to someone is regarded as overbearing, arrogant or aggressive and should be avoided.

Keep the feet on the ground

Resting feet on a table, or another chair or a seat will offend Myanmar people. They regard the feet as the inferior part of the body and they should be kept as far away from other people as possible.

Don't hug and kiss in public

yanmar people are modest when it comes to shows of affection. They do not display body contact or physical closeness to loved ones of opposite sex in public places. Behaviour such as hugging, holding and lip-kissing is offensive to local people.