Travelling to any country is not only discovering new region, admiring beautiful landscapes or enjoying various dishes, that is also visiting local markets. Traditional market which reflects lifestyle of local people and shows specialities of a country. Myanmar has a long tradition of crafting beautiful items. These are popular markets for your shopping in Myanmar:
1.Bogyoke Aung San Market (Yangon)
Bogyoke Aung San Market (or known as the Scott Market) which is the largest traditional market in Yangon, is an attractive shopping centre. The most interesting products for sale here include textiles, clothes, silverware, jewelry, handicrafts, traditional dress “longyi” and so on. This is one of popular places that you should not miss in Yangon.
Opened from 9 AM to 5PM, you can find it on Bogyoke Aung San Road, between Shwe Dagon Pagoda Road and Shwe Bontha Street.
2.Amara Waddy Market (Mandalay)
Unlike the experience of shopping in Yangon, Mandalay does not have the malls and major shopping centres, so shopping can be limited in this ancient city. However, visitors still have the ability to find gems, jewellery, handicrafts which are known as typical products of Myanmar, purchased in some stores and shop of Mandalay city.
Amara Waddy Market is one of best sites for your purchasing of souvenirs such as sculptures and Buddha images.
3.Floating Markets (Inle Lake)
Like another cities in Myanmar, Inle Lake area does not have modern shopping centres. The trade of local people takes place on floating markets on the lake. The market is open every five days and its location constantly changes. The Inthar people who live on the lake, exchange and sell all things made by themselves.
There are a number of floating markets on Inle Lake such as Inphaw Kone, Nampan Market (Nampan Village), Ywama Floating Market (Ywama Village), etc.
4.Myinkaba Village (Bagan)
Bagan is an ancient city, is home to temples and pagodas, so it is not a place for shopping centres. However, if you have the chance to visit Bagan, Myinkaba Village is an ideal place for shoppers. This place is famous with lacquer ware which is used as everyday objects of Burmese families. With good quality of the products, reasonable prices, you have the ability to look for them in many stores in Bagan.
For your interest, we highly recommend workshops in Myinkaba Village such as the Chan Thar, Golden Cuckoo, Shwe La Yaung Lacquerware Workshops, etc.
Things that you should pay attention:
- Bargain with sellers for purchasing, even in stores or shopping centres.
- Do not buy Buddha antique statues, they are not allowed by custom.