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Why Bogyoke Aung San Market is special ?
Also known as Scott Market, the huge Bogyoke Aung San Market, on Bogyoke Aung San Road, is popular with tourists looking for souvenirs such as paintings, puppets, lacquerware and jewellery. It’s well worth a wander, even if you’re not buying anything, and also a fine place for lunch – look out for kyeq k’auq-s’wèh (noodles in garlic oil, with pork and a watery soup), nàn-gyì thouq (cold rice-noodle “salad”) and avocado shakes.
The streets to the south of the market are arguably even more interesting, particularly Theingyi Zei (between 27th Street and Shwedagon Pagoda Road) and the street market on 25th Street. Both are aimed purely at locals, with lower prices than Bogyoke Aung San Market.
What to explore at Bogyoke Aung San Market?
Bogyoke has long been a centre for selling jade, rubies and other rare gems that come straight from Myanmar’s mines, while paintings and tailored fabrics spill into the stairways that lead to the tiny workshops where jewellery is crafted. The main walkway can be a bit unexciting, but is scented from sandalwood crafters and features plenty of art works.
Exploring the fringe of the market you’ll find clothing stores selling ethnic minority outfits as well as mainstream items, and the antique stores have such a plethora of odds and ends that you half-expect to find a mogwai-gremlin hiding within. Whole areas become claustrophobic labyrinths of head-high stacked fabrics in the east wing, and the west wing holds a warehouse of tailors who can fix almost anything on the spot for less than 1,000 kyat or copy your best fitting shirt or blouse within a week for 10,000 to 15,000 kyat.
How to get to Bogyoke Aung San Market?
Taxis are the most popular – and generally easiest – way for foreigners to get around Yangon. No matter what time of day, they are easy to track down and generally cheap, although you should beware the traffic, which can get very heavy (particularly around evening rush hour).
Taxis cost from K1,500 for short journeys in the downtown area to K3000 for longer trips within the city (up to K5,000 for the airport). Most – though not all – Yangon taxi drivers speak some English. To find out more, go to getting around Myanmar by taxi and car.
- Easy place for shopping in one go
- Main market in town
- Chock-a-block with stalls
- Buy your jewels and your artwork here
- Best place to buy souvenirs
Bo Gyoke Rd Yangon Myanmar (Burma)
Tips for you
This market is excellent for shopping, both for locals as well as foreigners looking for souvenirs to purchase. Clothes, jewelry and gems, souvenirs, art pieces, restaurants, this market has plenty to offer.
Touristic place but plenty of souvenirs. Everything in one place. If you want to feel the local atmosphere it's better to go to Indian Market - you can buy there spices, perfumes and many more.