The Bogyoke Aung San Market is the most popular market and a great tourist destination in Yangon. It is one of the precious colonial buildings you can find in Yangon. Bogyoke Aung San Market is situated in the heart of Yangon, housing 2,000 shops with a wide selection of unique locally made goods, luxury buys such as precious jewellery of gold and gems, silverware, arts and crafts, lacquerware, paintings,traditional wooden dolls, Mandalay silk, typical Shan and Kachin shoulder bags, foodstuffs, cosmetics and tailor-made clothes are a few of the sought-after items.
The shops at Bogyoke Aung San market are open daily from 9.30am to 5.00pm except on Mondays and gazetted holidays. Shopping amongst a range of locally produced articles can be a delightful experience.
This mysterious country offers a peculiar peek at Southeast Asia, not as Thailand or Vietnam do, but in a more ancient way that is rarely found anywhere else.
Best Things to Buy in Myanmar
1. Sand Paintings
4. Arts and Crafts
6. Lotus Silk Shawls and Scarves
7. Gemstone Paintings
8. Gems and Mother of Pearl Artifacts
9. Marble Carvings
10. Tamarind Flakes
Best Shopping Malls to Visit in Myanmar
1. Dagon Shopping Centre
2. Bogyoke Aung San Market
3. Ocean Super Centre
4. J’s Irrawaddy Dream
5. Blazon Shopping Centre
6. Taw Win Centre
7. Sein Gay Har Super Centre
8. Treasure Land Gems & Jewellery Souvenirs
Tips for Shopping in Myanmar
1. The real old Buddha images/statues and archaeological artifacts are not allowed for taking out of the country,
2. Be mindful that authority controlling trade standard doesn’t exist in Myanmar, which means a thorough check of the goods you buy is necessary to apply.
3. The transaction is made when you agree the price.
4. Nyaung U Market in Bagan is a bustling center for visitors to buy things ranging from daily fresh goods to custom longyi. It’s an ideal place to mingle with the locals and learn their lifestyle!
5. The floating village in Inle Lake has unique souvenirs that are quite ‘Myanmar’.
6. In Yangon, the well-known Bogyoke Aung San Market is where shopping can be a fun thing to do. Great bargains can be made here.
7. Official certificate of jewel is needed when passing the customs.
8. Shops inside the hotels may store interesting articles, have a go.
9. Most Myanmar markets are open on Sundays and closed on Mondays. During Buddhist Lent Festival, which normally includes August October, all Myanmar markets are closed on full moon days.
10. If you need more specific ideas about shopping in Myanmar, your private tour guide would love to share his mind.