Scott Market is easier to remembered for the foreigner as compared to the other new name called Bogyoke Aug San Market ( named after Aung San Suu Kyi’s father ). This is a big bazaar situated in the heart of Yangon which offer Burmese handicraft and jewellery (Burmese Jade), art galleries, antique, umbrella, bags, shoes and many more. There are more than 2000 stores here.
The History of the Market
The market was constructed during British colonization back in 1926 and they named it after a British guy named Gavin Scott who is the Municipal commissioner in that time.
Get your “longyi” here!
Scott Market is a great place to get some ‘Longyi” or we call it “sarong”, the cloth that wrap around your waist. These are useful when you entering to the temple pagoda complex as all temple pagodas in Myanmar do not allow shorts and sleeveless. Women’s longyi usually are very colorful and with floral print while men’s longyi are more simple and dull color and stripes or checks print.
You also find many tailor shops where you are able to tailor-made a set of traditional Myanmar costume and bring home. Burmese women wear their traditional costume regularly in daily life which is quite bizarre to see it when I just arrived. Unlike Kimono from Japan and Hanbok from Korea, which is only wore on weddings and other special event.
Pathein Burmese Umbrella
The Pathein Burmese umbrella is one of Myanmar’s traditional product to bring home. The Pathein umbrella was first made in the city called Pathein which is 5 hours away from Yangon. There are available in several colors; orange, blue, red, pink, yellow and I bought the green home (USD $5.00 – $6.00). You can also pick the sizes too, small, medium and large.
The Scott Market also use to be a place for the black market money exchanges but now you see more shops that sell jade, rubbies and other gemstones which come from the local mines, mostly from Mogok city in Mandalay region. For many centuries, Myanmar is one of the important gem centers in the world.
Traditional Burmese Sandal
It is called “Hnyat-phanat” in the local language and look similar to any flip-flops. I see almost everyone in Myanmar wear slippers and not many wearing shoes. The colorful velvet sandals are traditionally worn at formal occasions such as weddings.
Opposite Scott Market there are modern shopping center too.
Final thoughts :
Scott Market is for both tourists and locals but when they know you are tourists, the price are different and few times higher. I noticed most product do not have a price tag and you need to ask the seller. Once you asked, they will know you are not a local. My advice is bargain first before you pay. If you know nothing about gem stones, best is not to buy any. An hour or two is enough to explore Scott Market, after all shops are repetitive.