Around the World, Asia, Myanmar, Yangon

[Bogyoke Aung San Market – Yangon, Myanmar]

February 7, 2018

We love markets in any country but Yangon had an especial amount to offer. Deviating from the usual night market romp, we walked over to Bogyoke Aung San Market instead. Here you will find locals and tourists alike, if you’re not too hot, stop in any of the side streets leading up to it and sit in a tiny plastic stool for a hot evaporated milk laden tea, a la Burmese style. 

 

Honestly, we were absolutely overwhelmed by the options we found in the market. I feel like if I could share one tip it’s that you should plan out what you might like to purchase and educate yourself because it was just totally overwhelming. Here are some of the things you can find and bargain for that the market is known for. With all these I share the caveat that some of these aren’t the real deal but a lot are. While I didn’t shop for gems, I highly recommend finding a certified jeweler because you’d need to show the certificate at customs and a lot, if not genuine, are glass.

  • Gems (Burmese rubies and sapphires)
  • Silk
  • Clothing (see: Longyi)
  • Art

First, Ben’s tea stall experience

Another little side view to give you some perspective. Even I thought this was quite small and I’m not very tall.

Should you have found the tea stall, this is the covered walkway just across the street.

At the mouth of the market on the downstairs level we stopped for some coffee to cool off

I also snapped the inside of this tin roof, so colorful!

Okay, back to the market

So many fabrics to choose from!

This was the main hall where all teh gems as it was, were

Some things were outdoors, some indoors.

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