The markets are quite large, covering several buildings and an outside road.
The items that can be purchased at the markets include:- good quality jewellery, lots of jade, other semi precious stones, lacquer ware, wooden items, some antiques, paintings and other art, clothing and T shirts.
The quality ranges from good to poor, and prices are generally according to quality.You can easily tell the quality just by looking. Age of antiques is wholly dependant on what the seller tells you.
There is some bargaining, although not as 'cut throat' as in Bangkok. The sellers rarely go much under the asking price and are quite prepared for you to walk away if you offer too much less. The sellers are usually friendly and will take no for an answer.
In the main undercover thoroughfare, you will be harrassed by people wanting to seel fans, maps and postcards. There appears to be a bit of a scam where a woman and two younger girls dressed as nuns will ask you to make a donation. We gave one of them $1 and the others really, really harrassed us to give them money----which was quite un nunlike behaviour---which lead us to think it was a scam. (It may or may not be a scam, but we have never experienced such behaviour from nuns anywhere in Asia).
The sellers will take local currency as well as dollars. If you buy with dollars, the exchange rate will not be in your favour, so try to have both currencies.
The sellers and local visitors to the market often wll smile at you, and really love it when you smile back. They will also say 'hello' and I have seen them appear disappointed when a foreigner does not reply.
I recommend this market as a must do when visiting Yangon, great place, some good items to purchase and a nice experience.
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