I absolutely cannot resist a good bazaar.
And Bogyoke Aung San Market—located right smack in the heart of downtown Yangon and home to over 1,600 shops and stalls selling precious stones, jewelry, handicrafts, paintings, textiles, lacquerware and silverware, among others—definitely proved irresistible.
Located near the Sule Pagoda, Bogyoke Aung San Market is among the many charming colonial buildings in Yangon. Built and inaugurated in 1926 originally as “Scott Market” (don’t you just love Google?), Bogyoke is Myanmar’s most popular shopping destination and has never failed to attract shopaholic travelers like my sister and I.
It was a good thing we arrived in Yangon on a Sunday when shops were closed, because it turns out our hostel was a mere 15-minute walk away from the bazaar. Because we were due to leave for Kyaiktiyo early the following morning, it wasn’t until the last few hours of our trip that we got to check out the goodies sold in the market. And thank god for that—otherwise, we’d have probably ended up blowing a chunk of our dollars on gems and trinkets and have little left for our daily expenses. :D
Here are some snaps from our short trip to Yangon’s shopping mecca:
After we got our fill of the market (read: when we ran out of money), we spent our last few hours in Yangon walking around our neighbourhood, taking photos of Yangon’s colonial buildings.