This is a selection of resources on customs, costumes and etiquette in Myanmar available from the NLB catalogue or the Internet. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you come across more useful resources, please drop us a note so that we can share them with our readers.
NLB print and digital resources
CultureShock! Myanmar: A survival guide to customs and etiquette
The CultureShock! edition on Myanmar provides useful information on local customs, the correct etiquette to observe, interact and communicate with the local populace.
All rights reserved, Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2016.
The pocketbook sized Culture Smart! edition on Myanmar consists of informative articles about various aspects of Myanmar culture and customs. It is usefully divided into sections on attitudes, religion, friendship, home and communications.
All rights reserved, London: Kuperard, 2015.
Myanmar culture, traditions and scenery
This book helps you make sense of Myanmar culture with its chapters on food, festivals, beliefs and practices. It is useful as it covers Burmese terms used in social situations.
All rights reserved, Yangon: Chu Ca pe, 2009.
To Myanmar with love
This is a unique travel guide that comprises people’s recollections of their time in Myanmar. These accounts are divided into a dozen chapters, of which the ones on Cultural Encounters, Making Friends and When in Rome are particularly useful.
All rights reserved, San Francisco: ThingsAsian Press, 2009.
Homeland: Traditional culture and customs of Myanmar ethnics
This coffee table volume of photographs and an earlier sister volume, Splendour Land, by Hla Myint Swe is an attractive introduction to the various ethnic peoples and places of Myanmar.
All rights reserved, Singapore: Spirit Asia, 2014.
National ethnic groups of Myanmar
This book contains beautiful photographs and brief descriptions of the 33 traditional ethnic communities that make up the national ethnic groups in Myanmar.
All rights reserved, Yangon: Daw Moe Kay Khaing, 2000.