December 15, 2016

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Puppets look good to tourists

Decorative puppets are attracting tourists in Bagan. Photo: Kyaw Kyaw Hlaing (Mahlaing)
Decorative puppets are attracting tourists in Bagan. Photo: Kyaw Kyaw Hlaing (Mahlaing)

WITH the beginning of the open season in November the sale of marionette puppets is upward in Bagan as tourists enjoy purchasing them as souvenirs.
“Decorative puppets for sale at the shop attracted tourists and many bought one,” said a owner of a souvenirs shop at the Htilominlo Pagoda in Bagan.
The puppets are made in Bagan and sold at the shop as souvenirs, a practice dating far back into history, according to marionette vendors in Bagan.
A puppet can cost K3,000 to K10,000.
Tourists purchase hand-made marionette puppets which are elaborately costumed and bejeweled to decorate their homes or as gifts to friends and family back home.
Puppetry is the fundamental art symbol of Myanmar people and they are often used to decorate living rooms.

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