Bogyoke Market is my ‘go to’ market when I visit Yangon, Myanmar. It is easy to get lost in the countless number of stalls, and you can easily spend a few hours browsing the premises.
Built in 1926, Bogyoke Market was originally named Scott Market after the Muncipal Commissioner at the time, Gavin Scott. Following the independence of Myanmar in 1948, the market was renamed after General Aung San who had been assassinated months prior.
Featuring colonial architecture and cobblestone streets (best to wear some sturdy shows), tBogyoke Market is on the Yangon City Heritage List. The structure is two stories, selling a mixture of items catered to both locals and foreigners. You can find jewellers (with Burmese jade being their specialty), art galleries, clothes shops and food stalls.
My favourite stall at Bogyoke Market is Zaburis. If you enter the markets on the ground floor, head through the middle aisle straight to the back of the building and look to your right, you have arrived! They sell a wide range of quality t-shirts, and other items such as traditional men’s shirts, bags, kids clothing and pencil cases. Zaburis is the shop I always visit when I want to buy presents for my family and friends. They are more expensive than other shops, but when you see the quality, you will understand why.
After you spend your time looking around Bogyoke Market, you might want to head next door for some air-conditioned relief to Parksons Department Store. However, unless you have a wad of cash to spend, you will probably walk out empty handed.
Even if you are only in Yangon for a couple of days, you MUST make time to visit Bogyoke Market. It is worth a trip for the atmosphere alone.
|Opening Hours||Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.|
Bogyoke Aung San Road, Pabedan Township, Yangon