Wood carving has a long history in many parts of Asia and ‘panbu’, as it is known in Myanmar, is deeply rooted in Burmese culture.
Pop up shops have items for sale ranging from small figurines to large bowls and massive sculptures.
Workshops often feature artisans showcasing their skills with a dexterity that only comes with years of practice.
Items for sale at these places are of a size the average tourist may certainly find difficult to take on the plane as hand luggage however, hotels do support the artists and I’ve seen the larger pieces there like this massive elephant.
Sonia quite fancied an intricately carved throne in another friend’s Yangon apartment but I refused to kowtow so she stepped down – reluctantly I might add.