A Visit To Scott Market....Bargainers Heaven
Trip Start Sep 14, 2011
24Trip End Sep 19, 2011
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Besides its commonly known function, Scott Market is also a popular black market location to exchange currency. Just another point to add here, as Burma is a very closed economy, one cannot buy Burmese Kyat outside the country. Hence, you would need to take USD into Burma and get them exchanged there. However, most people go to the black market to exchange these dollars as on the legal market controlled by the junta, they are only paid around half its value. As for these Black market agents, they only accept crisp brand new notes. Even if there is a simple dot from a pen or a slight crease, the note is rejected. As Burma does not have any ATM machines, it is always advisable to take sufficient cash in new, crisp USD notes.
Coming back to Scott Market, this market also has a number of stores for local shoppers selling medicine, food stufs, garments and some foreign goods. 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 and semi precious stones.
The rest are art galleries, handicraft shops, restaurants and clothes stores, some of which are used clothes. The new wing of the market, across the Bogyoke Aung San Market Road houses shops that sell medicine, foodstuffs and some other miscellanious stalls.
Scott Market was built in 1926, late in the British rule of Myanmar and was named after James George Scott, the British civil servant who introduced football to Myanmar. After Burmese independance in 1948, it was renamed after Bogyoke (General) Aung San. A new wing of the market was added in the 1990's.
Today, this place stands as a must visit place when you visit Yangon.