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Bogyoke Market

"Scott Market"

Bogyoke Aung San Market is just north of downtown Yangon. The largest Yangon market and perhaps the most famous Myanmar market of all, it was founded in 1926 and christened Scott Market Yangon after Mr C Scott, the Municipal Commissioner at the time. Scott Market now takes the name of Bogyoke (General) Aung San, father of Aung San Suu Kyi and the man who led the struggle for Burmese independence from colonial rule. There are many Myanmar markets christened after the ‘Father of Independence’, but Bogyoke Market Yangon is the most well known and resplendent. The market is situated within an impressive colonial building featured on the Yangon Heritage List. Bogyoke Market spills out onto the cobbled streets that run through and around it, incorporating over 1, 500 shops selling goods such as handcrafted toys and tools, jewellery, clothes and lacquerware. Though split up into four wings (North, East, South and West) the stalls are not categorised into particular departments. Though this means that you may have to hunt hard throughout Bogyoke Market to find exactly what you are searching for, it allows for stumbling upon quirky gems by chance. Undoubtedly the best place for shopping in Yangon.

Though Bogyoke Market is primarily for goods not produce, you will be able to find traditional Burmese and Chinese food on sale here. The tables of these stalls are often full, and you will witness waiters darting about between them, serving their customers and calling out into the crowd to attract more. Similarly, ladies will bellow from behind noodle carts offering mango or avocado juice depending on the season. These cheery chaps and chappeses will likely invite you to sit down at their stall, adamantly insisting that they can make room for you no matter the shortage of chairs and tables. More often than not they can.

Bogyoke Aung San Market is special as it is frequented by locals just as much as tourist; Yangonites regularly come to do their shopping in Yangon here. The market is also a principal meeting point for revellers for the pre-Thingyan festival (the New Year’s water festival) that takes place around the 11th and 12th of April. The youth from throughout the city congregate at Bogyoke Aung San Market dressed up ready for the festivities and the shops offer traditional food.

Interested in visiting Bogyoke Aung San Market? Have a look at our Suggested Journeys that incorporate visiting Yangon’s finest market, or alternatively begin building your own Myanmar journey here.

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