Appendix:Burmese units of measure

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The traditional Burmese units of measurement are still in everyday use in Burma. According to the CIA Factbook, Burma is one of three countries that have not adopted the metric system as their official system of weights and measures. This appendix lists the Burmese names of the local units of measurement and tabulates their equivalent in the metric system and the Imperial/US systems.

Length[edit]

Table of length units
Burmese Metric Imperial/US Ratio to
previous
ဆံခြည် (hsanchi) 79.375 µm 3⅛ thou/mil
နှမ်း (hnan:) 0.79375 mm 31¼ thou/mil 10
မုယော (măyaw:) 4.7625 mm 316 in 6
လက်သစ် (let thit) 1.905 cm ¾ in 4
မိုက် (maik) 15.24 cm 6 in 8
ထွာ (htwa) 22.86 cm 9 in 1.5
တောင် (taung) 45.72 cm ft; one cubit 2
လံ (lan) 1.8288 m 6 ft 4
တာ (ta) 3.2004 m 10½ ft 1.75
ဥသဘ (okthăhpa.) 64.008 m 70 yd 20
ကောသ (kaw:tha.) 1.28016 km 0.795455 mi 20
ဂါဝုတ် (gawok) 5.12064 km 3.18182 mi; about one league 4
ယူဇနာ (yuzăna) 20.4826 km 12.7273 mi 4

Mass[edit]

Table of mass units
Burmese Metric Imperial/US Ratio to
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ရွေးလေး (ywe:le:) 136.078 mg 2.1 gr
ရွေးကြီး (ywe:gyi:) 272.155 mg 4.2 gr 2
ပဲသား (pè:tha:) 1.02058 g 15.75 gr 3.75
မူးသား (mu:tha:) 2.04117 g 31.5 gr 2
မတ်သား (mattha:) 4.08233 g 63 gr 2
ငါးမူးသား (nga:mu:tha:)[1] 8.16466 g 0.288 oz 2
ကျပ်သား (kyattha:)[2] 16.3293 g 0.576 oz 2
အဝက်သား (ăwettha:) 204.117 g 7.2 oz 12.5
အစိတ်သား (ăseittha:) 408.233 g 14.4 oz 2
ငါးဆယ်သား (nga:sètha:) 816.466 g 1.8 lb 2
ပိဿာ (peittha)[3] 1.63293 kg 3.6 lb 2
အချိန်တစ်ရာ (ăcheintăya) 163.293 kg 360 lb 100
  1. ^ Literally "five mutha", but in fact it is only four.
  2. ^ Traditionally known as a tical in English.
  3. ^ Traditionally known as a viss in English.

Volume[edit]

Table of volume units
Burmese Metric Imperial US Ratio to
previous
လမြူ (lămyu) 79.9118 ml 21316 fl oz 2.70214 fl oz
လမျက် (lămyet) 159.824 ml 5⅝ fl oz 5.40428 fl oz 2
လမယ် (lămè) 319.647 ml 11¼ fl oz 10.8086 fl oz 2
စလယ် (sălè) 639.294 ml 1⅛ pints 1.35107 pints 2
ခွက် (hkwet) 1.27859 l 1⅛ qt 1.35107 qt 2
ပြည် (pyi) 2.55718 l 2¼ qt 2.70214 qt 2
စိတ် (seik) 10.2287 l gal/
1⅛ pecks
2.70214 gal/
1.16106 pecks
4
ခွဲ (hkwè:) 20.4574 l 4½ gal/
2¼ pecks
5.40428 gal/
2.32213 pecks
2
တင်း (tin:) 40.9148 l 9 gal/
1⅛ bu
10.8086 gal/
1.16107 bu
2

Money[edit]

Table of money units
Burmese Equivalent to
ပြား (pya:)  
မူး (mu:) 10 pya
မတ် (mat) 25 pya
ကျပ် (kyat) 10 mu (4 mat)

See also[edit]

Category:my:Units of measure

References[edit]

  • "Myanmar, Metric and British equivalents in weights & measures". Myanmar–English Dictionary. Department of the Myanmar Language Commission, Ministry of Education, Union of Myanmar.