Burma

What is the Inle Lake Five Day Market?

A very well-known tradition here at Shan State is the Five Day Market.

But, what is Five Day Market?

Back in the old days, there are several kingdoms in Myanmar. Inle Lake belongs to the Shan State. The Shan Sawbwa (leaders) would go village to village and house to house to collect money (or tax). It was quite time consuming. 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 tho today, the Sawbwa was long gone. The tradition remained. :)

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