Thanakaha is a traditional Myanmarese cosmetic that has been used in Myanmar since the Pyu period. It is obtained from Thanakha tree (botanically called Limonia acidissima), wchich can be found in natural forests. However, nowadays, the farmers grow it as a field cultivated tree. Thanakha is also used in skin conditioner and perfume. Not only its barks and roots, but the leaves are also medicinal. When applied regularly, the skin will become fairer, smoother and softer day by day. It can also protect the skin from sunburn.
Shwe Pyi Nann Thanakha Museum is a sizeable complex that consists of Thanaka garden, Thanaka gallery, petrified wood gallery, jet museum, and Myanmar’s handicraft souvenir shop. There is a restaurant, Internet café, and beauty salon in the complex.