In this Southeast Asian country, tea houses reign as the go-to hangout
Tea consumption is a Burmese way of life.
Instead of bars, tea houses serve as the social gathering place of Myanmar people; and instead of rowdy frat boys, peaceful Buddhist monks sit and enjoy warm cups of brew.
Every neighborhood has at least one of these corner shops, and they are easily recognizable by the small plastic tables and stools that spill out on the street. A few famous tea shops are open 24 hours — they’re a popular place to go when hungry.
The importance of tea in Myanmar tradition has a rich history. During pagoda or nat festivals, people seek favor from the spirits to appease creatures from the other realm, including Belu, which are ogres and Nats, Myanmar spirits who were once humans who have suffered sudden and unfair deaths. Read more…
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