If there is a popular place in Yangon, where both tourists and locals like, it is the Bogyoke Market. Located in the heart of the city, it is well-known for its colonial architecture and its paved interior.
In addition to being able to mix with the local lifestyle and taste delicious traditional dishes, you can also shop souvenirs there. Indeed, you will find the greatest concentration of traditional objects, such as lacquer ware, jewelry or precious stones.
1. What to do, what to visit at the Bogyoke Market?
During your trip to Burma, do not hesitate to spend a few hours at the Bogyoke Market. The crowd of sellers and buyers going about their business is a very entertaining show.
There are a lot of items to buy in the Bogyoke Market, from gems to T-shirts to wooden sculptures or food. Be careful, however, if you want to satisfy yourself with a gift such as antique statues or precious stones, you need have a certificate to prove that you purchased it legally. This will prevent you from having your property confiscated by customs.
In general, the ground floor and the first floor of the Bogyoke Market bring together antique shops, from coins to postage stamps. In the middle one of the market, it is the kingdom of sellers of precious stones. Jade, ruby, and others illuminate their brilliance and resplendent colors. The rest of the market is a concentration of art galleries, restaurants and clothing stores. A brand new wing of the market brings together stores specializing in medicine, food and foreign products.
In the first floor of the Bogyoke Market, you will find a shop called Yo Ya May, which specializes in the traditional costumes of the ethnic tribes, especially Chin State. Right next door, Heritage Gallery offers a good selection of reproduction and authentic objects of all kinds, including lacquer.
Of course, you will also be able to eat at the Bogyoke Market. Try dishes, especially noodles which is very popular. Adventurous souls will be able to feast on pig organs (intestines, tongues …), which are boiled and fried in spicy sauce.
The Bogyoke Market of Yangon is also known for currency exchange on the black market. If someone wants to exchange large sums at the best rate of interest, they need to contact jewelry dealers.
2. Practical information
Practical information: The market is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day except Mondays. You will not have to pay the fee to enter the building.
The structure is located on Bogyoke Aung San Street in downtown Yangon.
What to do with it? If you want to explore the area around the Bogyoke Market, you will find Shwe Bon Thar Street, where most of the famous Yangon clinics are located. Just beside the market is also the FMI Building, a 9-storey building with some shops.