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.
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.
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.
Larger shops can be found on the outer streets of the market.
One of the most popular items for sale at the market are the traditional ‘longyi’ skirt worn by women.
Inside the market you will find many stalls like this one filled with the different styles and ethnic designs.
Here are some brightly coloured silk longyi.
You can even find some old, more traditional textiles.
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.
There are many “government registered” gems and jade shops where you can find famous the Burmese jade, rubies and other precious stones.
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).
There are many shops of carved wood figures. You can find all kind of figures, from Buddha to the lucky owl.
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.
Here in Yangon you can also buy the famous traditional Burmese parasol originally from Pathein.