Best Shopping in Yangon: Bogyoke Market


Posted on August 2nd, by Juan in Activities, Handicrafts & Workshops. 4 comments

Shopping in Yangon - Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott's Market) - Myanmar (Burma)

Bogyoke Market is the most popular market in Yangon with more than 2,000 shops and a big selection of handicrafts, souvenirs, clothes, jewellery & gems, antiques and art galleries.

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Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, is located in central Yangon and was built in 1926 under the British rule, and is therefore an example of colonial architecture.

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If you find your way out of the narrow passageways that make up the market, at the back you will find some cafes and restaurants.

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Larger shops can be found on the outer streets of the market.

Shopping Cloth in Yangon - Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott's Market) - Myanmar (Burma)

One of the most popular items for sale at the market are the traditional ‘longyi’ skirt worn by women.

Shopping Cloth in Yangon - Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott's Market) - Myanmar (Burma) 2

Inside the market you will find many stalls like this one filled with the different styles and ethnic designs.

Shopping Cloth in Yangon - Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott's Market) - Myanmar (Burma) 3

Here are some brightly coloured silk longyi.

Shopping Cloth in Yangon - Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott's Market) - Myanmar (Burma) 4

You can even find some old, more traditional textiles.

Shopping Cloth in Yangon - Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott's Market) - Myanmar (Burma) 5

Each state has a different design typical to their region. Here you can see some high quality hand woven examples, which make great souvenirs to take back home.

Shopping Jade Gem and Jewellery in Yangon - Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott's Market) - Myanmar (Burma)

There are many “government registered” gems and jade shops where you can find famous the Burmese jade, rubies and other precious stones.

Shopping Puppets in Yangon - Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott's Market) - Myanmar (Burma)

Puppets are very popular in Myanmar. They are also known as marionettes and are dressed in traditional costumes. The third one from the left is Belu (the Ogre or the Demon).

Shopping Wood Items in Yangon - Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott's Market) - Myanmar (Burma)

There are many shops of carved wood figures. You can find all kind of figures, from Buddha to the lucky owl.

Shopping Cane Items in Yangon - Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott's Market) - Myanmar (Burma)

This kind of shop is very popular. They sell a large variety of cane products such as Chinlone (cane ball), baskets, hats, sandals and more.

Shopping Burmese Parasol in Yangon - Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott's Market) - Myanmar (Burma)

Here in Yangon you can also buy the famous traditional Burmese parasol originally from Pathein.

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4 thoughts on “Best Shopping in Yangon: Bogyoke Market

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  3. Hi Juan,
    This is a very interesting article. I had visited this market, couple of years back with my mother. I was putting together a photo essay ‘International perspective on Women and travel” and would like to use one photo from your blog. It is for a photo essay to be submitted in a conference. I would give you the photo credit for the same. I request the permission to use this photo depicting -women in their traditional dress. https://i2.wp.com/www.myanmartravelessentials.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Shopping-in-Yangon-Bogyoke-Aung-San-Market-former-Scotts-Market-Myanmar-Burma-3.jpg?w=640
    Thank you
    Neha Tripathi

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