Bogyoke Market Yangon means great Shopping at an oriental Bazaar
Also called Scott Market, is the right place for shopping in Yangon, among other its the best non wet market in the city. Every first time visitor should spend a few hours there, that’s a real Burmese treasure trove and the air of a real old oriental market can be smelled. Beautiful , handicrafts, wood carvings, jewelry, ruby, clothing, gold items, silver
creations, among others mall sailing ships made from silver, very decorative mother of pearls jewels are on display and many other, have a look at the pictures they tell much more.
Here is shopping at it’s best, a real pearl in this slow motion life it was also called Scott market long time ago, almost nothing has changed since British colonial times.
This makes one of the undeniably charm of the country also known asBurma until recent times. They morphed Bombay into Mumbai etc. so let them do the same. This is the incarnation of a great oriental shopping mall with all bells and whistles, for sure great exotic shops are waiting, the have jewelry and precious stones plus more. It is a must visit at any trip to the country, a oriental playground of the past with a great cultural and ecological diversity and nowhere is it more apparent than in the picturesque bazaar in the center of downtown. No trip to the country would be complete without a visit to the place. Naturally there are other must see places in the country, the main difference to them is, here you can go for genuine stuff. Integrated are a few dozen of stores with beautiful imperial jade and even Buddha Statues there are about two dozen of them also with jewelry. People come from all over Asia for for unique items which are not available elsewhere, try here for more about jade and precious stones etc.
Center of the market
Bogyoke Aung San Market jewelry shop
Buddha images with a golden layer
Laughing jade Buddha for sale
This is a excellent source for precious stones, there are plenty of shops selling them as loose stones and jewelry.
Design is rather conservative but the quality is not bad. When buying an item insist on a official invoice otherwise problems with custom come, read more.
This is is not only a mall,
it’s a microcosms of things to buy. Exploring shops in this dry market is one of the most interesting day trip in the city, there is lots to see,
including plenty of items you probably never have seen before. Myanmar art paintings,fashion, food, silver, lacquer, pearls, statues, sandal wood carvings, mother of pearl items, teak wood carvings and plenty of other oriental delights are available.
The next best similar bazaars are the Central Market at Kuala Lumpur China Town and the same in Phnom Penh Cambodia. The Bogyoke Aung San market is a real shoppers paradise in particular for tourists since most of the items are really unique.
This place and other in the city opens up a view what is available in the country and this are not only souvenir shops. At the other side of the main road is another local style mall. ..if you cant find it there you wont find it anywhere.
There are all kind of merchants and retailers who have the whole assortments of goods of the country on display, but no commodities, foodstuff and wet items such as vegetable, meat etc.
Jade Buddha for sale
Retailers are selling everything from clothing to antiques and more.
Change money at Bogyoke Market Yangon
that’s the place to go when local kyats are needed always try at least 3 different shops, the best is when buying something ask the shopkeeper were to go to change money. In 2014 some banks moved in.
They are interested to sell you something means they will tell you a trustworthy shop to change.
They opened two banks at the street side now who claim to change money, actually usually the employees are sleeping because there is no electricity most of the day and the exchange rate on display is very good but if you really want to change they tell you a different one quite below of inside the place.
Because of the large size with several buildings it is possible to spend almost a day there and still won’t be bored.
This is right in the center of down town which makes it easy to visit more than only once, all mayor hotels are within walking distance.
Pearl jeweley sold at the market
Myanmar shopping for antiques and handicrafts
There are dozens of decent jewelry stores,
they have been there for a long time, all are registered and issue official receipts which you will need to show at the airport when leaving.
There is also plenty of pure gold jewelry around with necklaces, bracelets, rings and more. Cheating is rather on a low level and they also don’t dilute the gold like they do in Thailand to makemore profit.
What most people don’t know is, the country has many gold mines, usually washing river sand, which are producing the yellow metal since hundreds of years. Among other gold leaves are hammered out and glued on Buddha sculptures in the temple.
Gold jewelry stores at Bogyoke Market Yangon
Textile and cloth stores
at a Myanmar fashion Shops
Bogyoke Market and Sandal Wood carvings
Bogyoke Market with gold and silver pearls
Selling Jade Carving
Ruby Jewelry and some diamond decoration
Jade pendant at a shop in the bazaar
Myanmar precious stones in cabochon form
Gold bracelets for sale
Rough Burmese Jadeite with different colors
Jade Bangles in different colors
Jade Bracelets made from beads and pearls
Teakwood carving as a mirror frame
Teak Wood Elephant at a Mandalay market.
A Bogyoke Market special are precious stones and gold.
Burmese Wood Carving from teak and sandalwood
Wood Carved souvenirs at Bogyoke Market Yangon
In the old days, before the British came, the weight of items bought in the bazaars was determined by the use of a beam balance with two trays or baskets. The correct weight was determined by bronze weights of different sizes only a couple of years ago they stopped using this kind of Indian origin tools.
During colonial times this weights became ‘opium’ weights, based on the Indian system of weights and measures. The largest was a viss, or 100 ticals, equaling 1600 grams, followed by a 50, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1 tical ending with a 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 tical. Later weight sets, usually of brass, sometimes had 10.0, 5.0, and 2.5 viss weights. For easier lifting, units above 20 ticals usually had a handle.
Almost everyone like visiting
this oriental bazaar of old fashion just as Marco Polo might have experienced when he traveled the east. Some of the most interesting items on sale are woodcarvings, this are sandal wood, rosewood, ironwood and teak, beautiful and very decorative items are made from. Some of the best handicrafts are Buddha statues and they all are available here.