Stores, Malls or Markets in Rangoon

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    Gelato Sole: My favorite icecream shop

    by Mique Updated Jun 29, 2011

    Anybody who has been here for a while knows how difficult it can be to buy good ice cream. Sometimes the city mart will have something decent on offer but it is a hit-and-miss affair. Besides, from experience i know it doesn't taste half as good as the Gelato from this little shop. They make their ice cream themselves and all from natural ingredients. The strawberry ice cream actually has a lot of strawberry in it and even though i usually don't like strawberry ice cream since it is often way to sweet for my taste, this ice cream really tastes like strawberry and is currently my favorite.

    The woman who runs the shop is very nice and her English is very good. She explained, the first time i went there and had a nice long talk while savouring all the different flavours, that the other 3 people that work there actually are hired so that they can go to university. So with buying this ice cream you actually help with someone's education. The ice cream couldn't taste better after that ;-)

    The new premises are nice and it is good to sit outside with a nice ice-cream and thinking of what I shall take home. A definite improvement.

    I took my kids here as a field trip last year and that was probably the best field trip ever. They made fresh ice-cream and each child made their own cone. The loved it. And we had several classes at our school who wanted to go as well, when they heard about it.....

    What to buy: Their strawberry ice cream is absolutely delicious. But now they also have strawberry-yogurt. And stracciatella (my son's favorite) .

    What to pay: They sell cones/cups, half liters, and liters nowadays.

    The ice cream shop owner and ice cream maker

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    Bogyoke Aung San Market: Local crafts under one roof

    by hydronetta Written Jan 11, 2007

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    Renamed after the national hero and located on the street of the same name, this attractive covered market is crowded with locals but mainly with tourists. It offers tourists a vast selection of local crafts like wood, lacquerware, longyis and prices in some case are better than those found in other places in Myanmar. You can spend a lot of time comparing prices and bargaining and it can get hot inside as it is rather crowded.
    Remember though. Bargaining rules here. Prices are in kyats or happily US$

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    Which gem to buy in Burma - Jade

    by albaaust Updated Sep 15, 2006

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    Burma/Myanmar is synomous with jade. There are of course many different types of jade and its colour may vary from what we think should be green to white or pink to reds, blacks, browns and violets. The most expensive jade is Imperial Jade which is a very dark green and looks a bit like emerald without the glitter.

    You can buy Jade as a single stone, carved ornament or as part of a ring or pendant. If you are buying jade as part of an ornament the best jade is the jade which if held up to the light you can see through it. Only in the very finest jade is the colour evenly distributed.

    Both nephrite and jadeite often have veins, blemishes and streaks running through them, though these may not always be regarded as flaws. On the contrary, some of these patterns are considered particularly valuable.

    Every person has his or her own taste and his or her own likings with regard to colour, style and shape. In general, the value of jade is determined according to its colour and the intensity of that colour, the vivacity and texture, and its clarity and transparency. In the USA and Europe, emerald green, spinach green and apple green are regarded as particularly valuable. In the Far East, on the other hand, pure white or a fine yellow with a delicate pink undertone is highly esteemed. In the world of jewellery, the fine violet nuances of lavender jade are very popular. It is however the rare, emerald green of imperial jade, a colour of incredible depth, which fetches the highest price.

    What to buy: The silver pendant was a bit difficult to find - most in a gold setting. We paid US$30 for this at the Gem Museum.

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    "May Hein" Myanmar Handicrafts: Burmese dolls

    by albaaust Updated Sep 15, 2006

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    There are a number of different ethnic groups which make up Burma/Myanmar. These different groups are represented in these dolls which have been around for at least thiry years. They are not as well made as they were 30 years ago but they still are a representation of Burma.

    The dolls themselves are sold throughout Burma but vary in price from US$10 to US$4. You can also buy them as small bronze figurines (in the Sedona Hotel for example for US$30) or as a pair with umbrellas. The ones we have which are over 30 years old are single figures and 5 cm tall but we never saw any similar.

    What to pay: We bought our new ones as part of a "package" with other items and therefore able to bargian down to US$4.

    Dolls and their box
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    "May Hein" Myanmar Handicrafts: Buy some cheap lacquerware

    by albaaust Updated Sep 8, 2006

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    This shop is on the first floor in Bogyoke markets- if you cross on the footbridge stay on that level and you will get to it.

    The lady selling is very nice. You can buy reasonable lacquerware at a reasonable price - the more you buy the more you can bargain.

    What to buy: We bought a number of small cups and some lacquerware placemats with the Buddha "footprint" on them.

    What to pay: US$20 for 6 placemats

    Some of the cheap lacquer ware available
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    Behind the brick facade of Bogyoke Markets: Buy a caftan to wear to the temples

    by albaaust Updated Sep 8, 2006

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    Behind the wood carving shop in the main brick building facing Bogyoke Street are a number of clothing shops.

    I needed a lightweight cotton shirt with sleeves that I could wear to temples and this is what I bought. The caftan top is actually made in Thailand and I could have bought a light blue one as well. It has some sequins and a pull string if I want to make it tighter.

    What to pay: It cost US$7

    Dreaded pink caftan ps. bag sticking out not tummy
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    Lower floor of Bogyoke: Cheap art at Bogyoke Market

    by albaaust Written Sep 5, 2006

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    This shop is located on the lower floor.

    It sells art work which has a fairly evocative appeal in that uses Buddhist monks as a symbol of Burma. The artwork follows a formulaic approach but it is cheap. They do roll the canvas up so you can easily carry it.

    What to pay: Bargain them down to less than US$10

    Buddhist monk paintings
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    Super One: Buying a tiffin carrier at a Supermarket

    by albaaust Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    I suppose this is as close as you can get to a Department store in the centre of the city. If you want to buy any electronic or household goods such as a tiffin carrier this is the place.

    It is in Boyoke street opposite Scotts/Boyoke Market. It has several floors and a variety of goods.

    BTW it had a variety of tiffin carriers none of them made in Myanmar!!

    What to buy: Tiffin carriers

    What to pay: Tiffin carriers varies from US$4.00 - US$10.00

    Super One Supermarket
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    Hallowed be the name: Trading in antiques

    by vodolaz Written Jun 23, 2006

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    I don`t remember the address of any antique shop , but every taxi driver wiil take you to the store where you can buy everything from used condom of king Nanda Bhueng to howitzer made in U.S.S.R...
    Try your chancre ! ( sorry , chance... mam...)

    welcome , mister tourist !
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    Bogokye Aung San market.: A must see.

    by planxty Written Mar 16, 2006

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    No trip to Yangon (Rangoon) would be complete without a trip to Bogokye Aung San market. Known as Scott Market in colonial times (and some of the locals still refer to it this way) it really is the epitome of a Southeast Asian market with all the bustle, bargaining and so on that that implies. It sells just about everything, although there is a predominance of clothing, jewellery and souvenirs. Textiles also seem to be a big deal here. A tip for you is that most of the souvenir outlets seem to be towards the front of the market near the main road - venture in towards the back of the place to find more local-focused stalls.

    The place doesn't get going early in the morning, the nearby "morning" market caters for that but, as the heat of the day recedes, the place accelerates into full-on retail frenzy. As in most places in Myanmar, vendors will try and encourage you to buy, but it is nowhere near as "assertive" as markets in, say, Bangkok or Kathmandu. Perhaps they just have less experience of travellers. Even if you don't want to purchase anything, it's a really fun experience.

    What to pay: Everything is cheap by Western standards and bargaining is OK.

    Bogokye Aung San market, Yangon, Myanmar. Bogokye Aung San market, Yangon, Myanmar. Bogokye Aung San market, Yangon, Myanmar.

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    Innwa bookshop.: A decent bookshop.

    by planxty Written Mar 16, 2006

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    Myanmar has a scarcity of English language reading material, although this is one of the better places to find some. Actually, it's selection of books is somewhat eclectic. I found a large hardback edition of "US Supreme Court judgements 1995" (this was in 2006) and a complete section on pathology.

    Old copies of magazines, especially Newsweek, seemed popular with local people, although current editions of various publications are also available. You can also find a bit of a "holiday novel" to keep you going.

    The shop itself is on several floors, and the first floor has a pleasant balcony reading area.

    What to pay: English language books are comparatively expensinve in Myanmar, and the selection a little limited. Better to bring your own

    Innwa bookshop, Yangon, Myanmar

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    Street vendors.: Second hand books

    by planxty Written Mar 15, 2006

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    If you're desperate for something English to read, you might want to take a wander along Bogyoke Aung San Road about the region of 30th Street. It's the strip where all the cinemas are. Here you will find street vendors selling second hand books. The majority of them are in Burmese, but I did spot a few English titles, mostly classics in rather tattered paperback form. Even if you are not buying, it's an interesting palce for a browse.

    What to buy: Books.

    Booksellers, Yangon, Myanmar.

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    FMI shopping centre.: Spotless but quiet.

    by planxty Written Mar 15, 2006

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    There are a few shopping centres dotted around Yangon but, as far as I could see, very few people actually shop there! I think the local people have the concept of the market too firmly ingrained. Of the centres I did see, this one, in the downtown area, seemed the most impressive. It has a wide selection of clothing, jewellery, computer equipment and even a music shop. It is spotless, air-conditioned and has security guards on the door.

    If you have a great desire to visit a shopping centre (mall) this is probably a good bet, although, like the local people, I much prefer the markets myself.

    The large decorative jars at the entrance (pictured) were very impressive.

    FMI Centre, Yangon, Myanmar. FMI Centre, Yangon, Myanmar.

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    Bogyoke Market: Market Shopping!

    by Hewer Updated Apr 1, 2005

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    Bogyoke Market is a loosely connected block of shops and stalls in the heart of Yangon near the main railway station. There must be well over a hundred different shops there and the place has a busy atmosphere.

    What to buy: A lot of fresh produce, 2nd hand books, textiles, clothes, jewellery and ornaments. Not much for the brand shoppers - but I guess that's not why you'd be there.

    You'll find a couple of stores selling T-Shirts and postcards, but basically Bagan seemed to be the place to go for souvenir purchases.

    There are a few moneychangers here too and chances are you'll be approached by one so be prepared.

    Bogyoke Market, Yangon

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    Scott Mkt: Lacquerware etc etc

    by vickss Written Aug 17, 2004

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    Again Scott mkt in the day is quite different as the action lies in the indoor market-- instead of the street-- with small kisosks of all kinds of products.

    What to buy: Things to buy include rubies(I hope I remember correctly) but then u need to know the difference between a fake and real one and also bargain hard.. Also remember do not flout any rules about taking rubies out of the country..
    Other stuffs include--beautiful lacquerware, paintings of local rural settings, bamboo work(hats, balls etc) and other drawing room items..

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