Myanmar National Races Village Price & Hours 

Price: $3 USD or 5,000 Kyat

Bike Rental: 2,000 Kyat

Hours: 10 AM- 5 PM  Holidays may affect hours/ admission. 

Worth it?  Yes! 

The Diverse & Wonderful People of Myanmar 

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Despite being largely isolated from the rest of the world from the 1960’s until just recent years, Myanmar is a country that is wildly,and culturally diverse.

With around 135 different ethnic groups that claim their own languages, traditions, costumes, and delicacies, the cultural scope of this enigmatic nation is unprecedented.

Myanmar is divided into seven different states which are named after the largest ethnic groups in the country.  Within each state are  even smaller ethnic groups which comprise that large 135 number.

Seven States of Myanmar 

Kachin 

Kayan 

Rakhine 

Shan 

Kayah 

Chin

Mon

What’s amazing to me, is that even though Burmese is the official national language, each ethnic group has it’s own language which is completely different to the national language.

While the Isaan people in Northeastern Thailand have their own language which is a combination of Laos and Thai, the people in Myanmar have languages that are completely unique to them.

The world is truly an interesting place.

 

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Beautiful structure in the front of the park.

One foreigner could spend a lifetime traveling Myanmar and still leave without experiencing the full gamut of cultural identity.

While some might find that a tragedy, what’s even more of a tragedy is that most of us don’t have anywhere close to a lifetime to spend traveling around this mystic and welcoming nation.

Fret not though, Myanmar National Races Village in Yangon is a beautiful green-space that pays homage to the numerous ethnic groups present in the country.

 

Myanmar Races Park is divided into sections that represent the country’s seven specific states, and the cultural traditions of the people who live there.

Exploring the park is a great way to get a small taste of the traits of each culture without having to fork out the money or time to travel throughout the entire country.

For a country that’s suffered some unfortunate inner turmoil, it’s beautiful to see a space that celebrates unification and tolerance.

The Garden Spaces and lakes at Myanmar National Races Village are a fresh break from the seemingly endless noise (honking), and exhaust of Yangon. Rent a cycle, pedal around and enjoy a small journey through the heart of Myanmar culture.

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Typical Rakhine House

 

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Rakhine Hairstyles

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Traditional Mon Instrument

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Famous Southeast Asian frog drum, supposedly originated in Kayin State

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There’s a couple of different animal areas scattered throughout the park.

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This sign just cracked me up…

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Traditional Shan outfit. Absolutely stunning!

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Fishing nets the famous Inle Lake fishers in Shan State use…

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This giant model ship is just chilling at the edge of the park.

The Myanmar National Races Village Park was a serious Yangon highlight for me. It’s a a cultural breath of fresh air in a scenic location.

What more could you want?!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the park.

By the way, what do you think about traveling through Myanmar? Comment below and let me know!

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy trail-blazing <3

 

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“J” is my nickname in English, but in Burmese it symbolizes the number 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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