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Centrally located Bogyoke Aung San Market offers the best shopping opportunities in Yangon. A quick browse through the stalls at this sprawling market will yield everything from handmade longyis to gold and gems priced at a fraction of the cost they’re sold for in most other parts of the world. Burma is known for its rubies, but the purchase of these and other precious stones is regulated by the government and should be done with official certification.
The market is also a popular place to change American dollars over to kyat, the local currency. (Burma does – finally – have some ATMs, but at the moment they are only for local account holders.) The exchange rate often differs from one money changer to the next, so feel free to try and negotiate the best rate possible and to try a different vendor if you’re not happy with the offer.