Bogyoke Market Review
This market, which opened in 1926, is enormous but clean, well-organized, and—despite sweltering temperatures outside—not an oven. Come here on your first day in Yangon to peruse the offerings, pick up a longyi (sarong) for temple visits, and exchange money. You'll get the best rate here, and it's not so much dedicated exchange counters that you'll find but vendors with bags of cash. Shops here sell stone and wood carvings; jade, silver, and gold jewelry; lacquerware; paintings by local artists; and a smattering of cosmetics and toiletries. If you're buying jewelry, do your research beforehand. On the whole, sellers here are not pushy, but no matter what you purchase, be sure to haggle.
- Address: 27th St. and Bogyoke Aung San Rd., Yangon (Rangoon)
- Location: Yangon (Rangoon)