Five great places to find everything from art to puppets in the capital
augustine’s Souvenirs Great for antique hunters. There are bronze sculptures, wooden statues, colonialstyle furniture, lacquerware and silverware, puppets and brass temple offering bowls. augustinesouvenir.com
Pansodan gallery Houses hundreds of paintings by budding local artists and older masters, some of whom have played significant roles in Myanmar’s art history. There’s something for everyone: landscapes, portraits and abstract works. facebook.com/pansodan
Bogyoke aung San Market Built by the British in 1926, this sprawling market in the heart of Yangon can easily take half a day to explore. Hunt for lacquerware from Bagan, woodcarvings from Mandalay, beautiful textiles from the Chin and Naga tribes, puppets, gems and jewellery. You can even get a made-to-order longyi, blouse or jacket.
Myanmar Lacquerware Shop Sells a range of lacquerware, both for collectors and everyday use. Find selections of well-made bowls, trays, plates and boxes. myanmarlacquerware.com
theingyi Zei Market Built in 1905, this is the city’s largest traditional market and certainly one of the liveliest. Five floors with over 1,000 shops of housewares, textiles and clothing. It’s also popular for traditional herbs, cosmetics, herbal medicines, food and Burmese goods.