Visiting colorful local markets in Yangon
In Burmses, the word “zay” means market and in Myanmar there is no shortage of markets! Markets could be considered the lifeline of the country, selling everything from food to clothes and household goods. Many locals not only purchase goods here, but this is also how many make their livings. Visiting the local markets is not only for fun but can also be a great opportunity to experience the culture and a chance to meet and interact with local people.
Our highlighted markets in Yangon:
Bogyoke Aung San market
Bogyoke Aung San Market in Yangon is a unique and colorful market selling a great number of things. The market has various of stores for both local and international shoppers. There, it includes art galleries, Burmese handicrafts, jewelery shops, food, garments and clothing and beautiful jade vendors. The market is located downtown and is easy to reach by foot from most guesthouses. It is open every day except Monday. This is the place where you can buy all your souvenirs and traditional textiles in one fell swoop!
Theinggyi Zay Market
Located at Mahabandula Road, Theinggyi Zay is another unique market in Yangon. It is a great place too see local market life as the market is frequented most by Yangon residents. There are many products ranging from seafood, dry goods, herbal medicines and traditional textiles.
The market is open from 09:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
San Pya Fish Market (Kyee Myin Daing)
San Pya Fish Market is located along the river in the busy quarter of Kyee Myin Daing. The best time to visit is early in the morning around 6 or 7 AM when all the locals from Yangon gather there to buy the freshest fish! The place is huge and can be very busy in the morning. This is a great place to experience the local life and perfect for capturing some quality pictures with the morning light.
Everyone knows where Chinatown is! Chinatown is also known as Tayoke Tan and if very popular due to its variety of delicious foods. The streets from 18th to 24th are lined with different shops and vendors and it is one of the busiest streets in the city, especially at night. Chinatown is also a great place to explore some Chinese temples and also visit the interesting Chinese medicine shops located there.
These places are not to be missed for those who really want experience some real local life and meet the local people!
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