A charming local market
Local products, local people
A great local market that sells fish, fresh meats, spices, fruits and vegetables. Also has a variety of tailor and fabric shops, plus a few fashion stalls. It’s a market that the city is proud of, recently renovated in 2015.
Traditional offering shop
Ma Nilar Win’s traditional offerings and crafts shop opens all day. This is a family shop that has been operating for fifty years. The coconuts for sale are to be hung in your house as offerings to the nat spirits. Make sure to change them every four months and at Myanmar New Year.
On the corner adjacent to the market you will easily spot 73-year-old Daw Ohn Than who sells second-hand goods. When people move house Daw Ohn is only too happy to sell what is left over: “Every day I travel all the way from Insein by train. I’m here from 9am to 6pm and store my goods overnight”.
What to buy?
Spot the typical local products like small bundles pine wood (htin yun coe), used for starting a fire (100 kyat), rattan cane (kyane lone) used in school to discipline children and fend off dogs (100 kyat) and tiny sparrow houses, your choice of two-storey or three-storey (2500 kyat). Or try traditional shampoo (tayaw kinpoon) made from ta yaw fruit and kin poon seed. Keeps your hair healthy and shiny. Should be used the same day, but if you leave for three days, even healthier!