Bogyoke Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market (Burmese: ဗိုလ်ချုပ်အောင်ဆန်းဈေး; formerly the Scott Market) is a major bazaar located in Pabedan township in central Yangon, Myanmar. Known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, the market is a major tourist destination, dominated by antique, Burmese handicraft and jewellery shops, art galleries, and clothing stores. Bogyoke Market is a popular black market location to exchange currency. The market also has a number of stores for local shoppers, selling medicine, foodstuffs, garments and foreign goods. Moreover, it is the best place to make photo shoots with the ancient building. The market always closes on Monday.

Bogyoke Aung San Market
ဗိုလ်ချုပ်အောင်ဆန်းဈေး
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LocationPabedan, Yangon, Myanmar
Coordinates16°46′49.36″N 96°9′20.16″E / 16.7803778°N 96.1556000°E / 16.7803778; 96.1556000Coordinates: 16°46′49.36″N 96°9′20.16″E / 16.7803778°N 96.1556000°E / 16.7803778; 96.1556000
AddressBogyoke Aung San Road
Opening date1926; 96 years ago (1926)
No. of floors2
Websitebogyokeaungsanmarket.com[dead link]

StoresEdit

The ground floor and the first floor are lined with small antique shops selling old coins, bank-notes, postage stamps and medals. In the middle of the market are jewellers, selling famous Burmese jade, Burmese rubies and other precious stones. The rest are art galleries, handicraft shops, restaurants and clothes stores. The new wing of the market, across Bogyoke Aung San Market Road, houses shops that sell medicine, foodstuffs, garments and foreign goods.

The market is also known for its black market money changers, with jewellery merchants typically able to change the largest notes at the best rates. The market is closed on Mondays. The little shabby shop called "Lady Home" at the back of the market behind the Jewellery Row, near the old wooden foot bridge crossing the old circle line train tracks, makes delicious fried noodles and vermicelli dishes. For the adventurous, try the pig organs (intestines, tongue, ears, etc.) boiled and fried and then tossed in fiery chilli sauce.

HistoryEdit

Scott Market was built in 1926,[1] late in the British rule of Myanmar, and although it is commonly believed to be named after James George Scott, the British civil servant who introduced football to Myanmar[citation needed], it is actually named after the Municipal Commissioner of the time, Mr. Gavin Scott, a Scottish colonial official who was nearing the end of a 30-year career of involvement in administering the city.[2] According to the Rangoon Gazette,[3] Mr Scott himself was not very keen on the idea, but the Rangoon Corporation rejected a second proposal - to name the market "the Municipal Zegyi" - and voted unanimously to name it after him.

In 1940 a young Burmese nationalist called U Ba Hlaing proposed to change the name of the site to Mingala Market, the word mingala meaning "auspicious" in the Pali language. Against a background of growing demands for Burmese independence from British rule, he argued that "public institutions in Burma should have Burmese names". The late Mr Scott, he said, "had done nothing for the benefit of Burma" and was merely an Indian Civil Service bureaucrat paid a "fat salary" like so many others who had reached the end of his career. According to the report in the Rangoon Gazette, this sparked a heated debate within the Rangoon Corporation's Public Health and Markets Committee. One former colleague pointed out that Scott "had done more for the development of Rangoon than any other person", while another Burmese colleague who had worked with him, U Kyaw Zan, said he was "not only a very fine officer, but one of the nicest men one could meet". In the end, the proposal was defeated by three votes to two.[3]

Much later, after Burmese independence in 1948, the market was renamed after Bogyoke (General) Aung San. A new wing of the market was added across Bogyoke Market Road in the 1990s.

The market structure is listed on the Yangon City Heritage List.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bogyoke Aung San Market". Myanmar's Net. Retrieved 10 March 2009.
  2. ^ A History of Rangoon by B.R. Pearn, American Baptist Mission Press, Rangoon, 1939, p. 284.
  3. ^ a b "Rangoon Corporation". Rangoon Gazette. January 1940 – via extract from the Rangoon Gazette posted on the website of the Anglo-Burmese Library, available to members only, retrieved 13 January 2021.

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