Bagan | Myanmar | Nyaung-U

Nyaung-U Town and Mani Sithu Market

Southeast Asia Tour 2015

Bagan | Myanmar

30 Nov 2015 | Mon

Day 12 of 46

  • Flight | Yangon International Airport to Bagan Nyaung-U Airport
  • Nyaung-U Town | Mani Sithu Market
  • Shwezigon Pagoda Nyaung-U
  • Gubyaukgyi Temple Myinkaba
  • Bagan’s Vast Temple Plains
  • Htilominlo Temple Nyaung-U
  • Ananda Temple Bagan
  • Queen Restaurant Nyaung-U
  • The Hotel at Tharabar Gate Bagan
  • Manuha Temple Myinkaba
  • Nanpaya Temple Myinkaba
  • Lacquerware Factory Bagan
  • Thatbyinnyu Temple Bagan
  • Our First Sunset in Bagan

Nyaung-U Town | Mani Sithu Market

After getting picked at Bagan Airport (around 7:50 am) our tour guide was ready to start visiting sites in and around Bagan. Our first place to visit was a daily market in the nearby town of Nyaung U (also known as Nyaung Oo).

Nyaung-U Town

Having arrived in Nyauang-U early in the morning, we found the small town to be busy with activity. With many locals coming and going from the local market, we saw various forms of transportation, such as walking, pulling carts, motorbikes, scooters, and even horses and buggies.

Vibrant Atmosphere in Nyaung-U Town

Nyaung-U Town, Myanmar is a small, picturesque city located in the Mandalay region of Myanmar. It is known for its temples, markets, and many different restaurants. The town itself is an eye-catching sight with its bright colors, vibrant atmosphere, and friendly locals.

Nyaung-U Mani Sithu Market

Mani Sithu Market in Nyaung-U, Myanmar is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Located in the heart of Nyaung-U, it is one of the oldest markets in the area and has been around since colonial times. The market itself is filled with stalls selling everything from fresh produce to traditional handicrafts and clothing.

Nyaung-U Mani Sithu Market

Mani Sithu Market offers a unique local experience; visitors can haggle with vendors over prices, sample delicious street food, or simply observe the hustle and bustle of everyday life here. It provides an interesting insight into Burmese culture, as many merchants still use traditional methods such as bartering or negotiating to sell their goods. With its vibrant atmosphere and abundance of products on offer, Mani Sithu Market is a must-visit destination for anyone travelling to Nyaung-U!

Woven Rattan Balls | Chinlone Game

Chinlone is a game that has been played in Myanmar for centuries and is now the national sport of this Southeast Asian country. In Chinlone, two teams of five players move in unison while passing around a woven rattan ball using their feet, knees, shoulders, and heads. The object of the game is to maintain possession of the ball without letting it touch the ground.

Woven Rattan Balls | Chinlone Game

The origins of Chinlone can be traced back to pre-colonial Myanmar, where it was primarily used as a form of meditation and expression by Buddhist monks. Over time, however, it evolved into an organized sport with elaborate rules and regulations. Today, Chinlone competitions are held annually throughout Myanmar and have become one of the most popular pastimes in the country. Moreover, international tournaments involving other countries from around Asia are now being organized regularly.

Chinlone (Burmese: ခြင်းလုံး, pronounced [hkrang:lum:]), also known as caneball, is the traditional, national sport of Myanmar (Burma). It is non-competitive, with typically six people playing together as one team. The ball used is normally made from handwoven rattan, which sounds like a basket when hit. Similar to the game of hacky-sack, chinlone is played by individuals passing the ball among each other within a circle without using their hands. However, in chinlone, the players are walking while passing the ball, with one player in the center of the circle. The point of the game is to keep the ball from hitting the ground while passing it back and forth as creatively as possible. The sport of chinlone is played by men, women and children, often together, interchangeably. Although very fast, chinlone is meant to be entertaining and fluid, as if it were more of a performance or dance.

– Wikipedia Chinlone

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