Yan­gon SHOP­PING

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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.

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