Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market)
Bogyoke Aung San Market is probably the most popular tourist shopping maketplace in Yangon.
The main building retains its colonial architecture style while the inner lanes were covered with cobblestones. It was constructed in 1926.
The market offers a (slightly) cooler venue for tourists to escape the hot afternoon.
The nearly two thousands shops showcase some local and regional merchandises. One could readily spend 3 hours and barely cover all the shops (without stopping).
Many visitors are looking for the famous Burmese jade and gems.
If you are familiar with gems, you would know that not all gems were mined in the country.
The price of goods were not really low, so one should bargain.
One should beware of imitation jades sole in some shops or the black market. If you want to change currency, it is safer to visit the banks at the end of the market. Many underground forex exchanges would approach you during your visit to Bogyoke Market. Be careful on the scam that short change tourists.
Some shops sell gems with certificates. I am not an shopper so I only did windows shopping.
It was interesting to see the variety of end products made of semi-precious stones.
Other typical souvenirs and handicrafts were sold in the market.
The lady seemed to be wondering the size of something.
You would like to be surrounded by vendors selling post cards, or nuns asking for donation in the market. Just say “No, thank you” if you were not keen to buy the same post card every 5 minutes for your entire trip.
Many tourists were interested to buy a piece of longyi (4,000 to 7,000 Kyats) as wearable souvenir.
Again, i came out of the market empty ended, but my mind was filled with colourful merchandizes and friendly faces.
Do take note that the market closes every Monday (and public holiday). It opens from 9am to 5pm.