Attractions in Inle Lake

Five Days Market

History and Background

One of the most popular things about Inle lake is to visit its floating market. A local market serves most common shopping needs and is held daily. The five days market rotates around the Inle Lake area, the towns of Shan State; Nyaung Shwe, Heho, Taunggyi, Minethauk, Shwe Nyaung, thus each of them hosting an itinerant market every fifth day. The different local tribe people rotate between five different locations over a 5-day period to sell their daily farm products.
The History of becoming a Five Days Market is quite interesting. Back in the old days, The Shan Sawbwa, leaders of Shan State, would go village to village and house to house to tax. It was quite time consuming and in order to be more efficient, they would gather the people from nearby villages in one town at a certain day. Slowly people started to bring goods and trade while waiting for the Sawbwa to collect tax. Even though there is no longer Sawbwa today, the tradition remained.

Why should visit?

Five Days Market is one of the most popular in Inle Lake. It can offer a good opportunity to meet many different local tribes and can experience the friendly and generosity of local people.

When

When held the market on the Inle lake, trading is conducted from small boats and people come from all over the lake to buy produce and other items. The assortment of vegetables present was amazing, tomatoes, eggplants, scallions, peppers, betel, beans, garlic, cheroots and more. And of course there were also lacquerware, Buddha statues, Shan traditional longyi and bags, tools, carvings and other ornamental objects and textiles.

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