It is illegal to bring playing cards into Myanmar. But that doesn’t stop the people from coming up with other games…
These games are very intense and I was nervous about barging in and taking photos. However, all the players were so focused on the game that none of them paid any attention to me.
A home-made board game being played with bottle cap counters. The little plastic package of green is betel-leaved wrapped paan.
In Yangon they also used bottle caps as playing pieces, and broken pieces of drywall plaster as chalk to draw the lines of the board game on the ground .
Illegal to bring into Myanmar: Counterfeit currencies and goods, pornography, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, playing cards, and goods bearing the image of the national flag, the emblem of Buddha or the pagodas of Myanmar. (Source: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/myanmar/money-duty-free).
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Huh – I had no idea! Sometimes it’s really a crazy world. Great shots.
Several other tourists had also seen the notices about playing cards being illegal. None of us could come up with an explanation except perhaps there’s a gambling problem in Burma. however, you don’t need playing cards to gamble!
Great information on Myanmar. Thanks for sharing. Do check my travel blogs and photos.
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