I always try to visit the local markets in most towns and cities that I go to. I always find something unique and interesting in markets. The market in Bagan is probably one of my favorite markets in Southeast Asia. It’s colorful, somewhat clean and it’s very photogenic.
We got to this market by chance when we were on our way to the port area to ask about the price of the boat ride from Bagan to Mandalay. Along the way, we saw a sign to the market and went there first. We were there early in the morning prior to the arrival of the other tourists. It seemed to me that this market is part of some local sightseeing tours since most of the tourists that we saw were driven by cars and small shuttle buses.
The market is filled with nice souvenir items, colorful, fresh produce such as tomatoes, corn and other crops and also so many beautiful flowers.
Here are some pictures of Bagan Market:
These bags are made from bamboo
Lacquerwares and other products made from bamboo
Dried Tobacco Leaves
If you’ll be visiting Bagan to visit the temples, I highly suggest you spend some time to this market as well. The best time to go would be just after the sun rises (maybe around 7AM or a little earlier). At this time, the market is not that busy yet and most of the people are the local shoppers. Tourists usually arrive an hour or two afterwards.
This is also a good place to buy cheap souvenirs and as well as fresh fruits!