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“A must visit if in Yangon! + try the new market across the road!”

Bogyoke Aung San Market
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

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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Reviewed February 28, 2013

The Bogyoke Aung San Market is a good place for tourists to look for Jade and other gems. There are lots of government accredited shops that could give you and export permit.

Some items that can be found inside aside from gems include shirts, lacquer wares, paintings, handicrafts, wooden and stone sculptures. Prices are reasonable and sellers are friendly. It is typical for Myanmar people to always greet you with a smile. The store where we bought from gave us free items after we paid our souvenirs.

The quality of jewelry they sell is good but I cannot say the same for the shirts that they are selling. Designs and prints are not that good.

Despite the heat outside, this market is cooler because it has a high roof covering that dissipates the heat so you won't be soaked in sweat while looking for stuff to buy.

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Having been to "markets" all over the world, I frankly found the market rather underwhelming. Quality of the products seems lacking, and the prices paid seemed higher than you would in say Phnom Penh or any market in Tanzania, Kenya or Zambia. That being said, sellers were friendly and selection was good. jewelry prices by the way were not great, especially given opportunities to purchase in Thailand or Cambodia if you have that option.

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Don't go on a Monday when the market is closed. Any other day and you will see a bustling market selling almost everything. Like all markets the world over you have to make your own judgement aboutnvaluemfor money but its a good place to pick up trinkets perhaps on your last day before flying home.

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

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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