A very good place to visit during the heat of the day in Yangon as most of it is under-cover and relatively airy in the main thoroughfares. There are stalls selling all manner of items, but the vast majority concentrate on jade and jewellery. Although you can find, and haggle for, the obligatory souvenir T-shirts, shirts and local-style clothing. One major plus is that you don't get over-hassled by the vendors. There is little or no pressure to buy, apart from a few postcard sellers who can be waved away with ease. I highly recommend that you walk across the footbridge outside the market and visit the rather ordinary looking new market which is slightly to the right. This is mainly frequented by the locals, and to the rear is almost totally occupied by stalls selling every kind of pharmaceutical / medical supply and equipment available! Row after row, stall after stall! Towards the front there is stall after stall of ladies sitting at old treadle sewing-machines, tailor making and altering clothing for the locals, and no doubt any brave tourist who dare to ask. In that area you can barter for your souvenir Long Yi (sarong) and get a slightly better price than across the road at the main market. In most parts of this new market it seems you can wander as if almost invisible. The traders carry on with their business as if you were not there. A very interesting experience, and worth the slight detour.
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