About 80 percent of the population in Myanmar is Buddhist. The remainder is comprised of Christian, Hindu, and Muslim. In Myanmar we practice Theravada (“small vehicle”) Buddhism, which is different from Mahayana (“great vehicle”), the type found in Asian countries such as Tibet. 

We pray and make offerings of food, water and flowers to Buddha at home every day. Some people also go to a pagoda, temple, or monastery to make offerings. Most of us are religious but not extremely so. We also believe in the influence of guardians, or spirits (nats), and superstitious things. Naturally, we have some rules, such as not to be rude, or not to do bad things to someone else. So, you are fairly safe to travel in our country.


  1. It is important to respect religious and cultural norms when you are in Myanmar.
  2. When you speak with monks (or nuns) keep some distance (approx. arm distance) from them.
  3. Never use the lower part of your body, such as the foot, to point to something or at someone when communicating with a Burmese person.
  4. The Upper part of the body (head) is considered as superior. It’s better not to touch someone’s head, even playfully, including children.
  5. When you sit, never lay or stretch out your legs towards another person, a monk, or even a statue such as a Buddha image, nat or spirit shrine. 
  6. Do not invite a monk, nun or novice monk for meals, or offer food, after midday.
  7. Do not hand money directly to a monk. If you wish to offer money, place it on a plate or alms bowl. 

If you want to donate or give something to a monastery or school, it’s better to ask advice from your tour guide or speak with an authority at the place you are visiting and ask for their advice about how to best make a donation.


For years now, we have been involved in community projects, starting with the construction of a public library available to all children of Bagan, Our activities have grown over the years and we will continue to offer our time and resources to help those most in need in our country.

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