Anawrahta Street Yangon

Anawrahta Street in Yangon City

One of the busiest parts in Yangon is Anawrahta Street an ideal place for local shopping. Anawrahta Street is renowned for being one of the 3 main roads in the city a prestigious and extremely busy location in the center.

The number one shopping road passes through the city center and "little India" plus Chinatown. Several of the best hotels in Yangon are in the vicinity of Anawrahta Street plus one of the most famous Buddhist temple which is the Sule Pagoda people say the shrine is around two thousand years old.

Sule Pagoda & City Hall    Maha Bandula Park    Old Ministers Office   Yangon Harbor
Yangon can be very stylish or rotten often both

The differences are the buildings there are several built during colonial times still under the supervision of the English. 

What the English built although rotten from decay still look somehow not so bad and has some charm, the other is just bad by any means. Those are the ones in the very city center where plenty of people from India live who came in with the British. It doesn't look much like the SEA it rather appears like Calcutta.

There are some very pretty buildings left one of it is the old railway station and another one is the old "Ministers Office" above. The two main fixtures are the Bogyoke Market and the main center around there to the City Hall, Mahabandola Park and along Anawratha Road until down to the Yangon River with the harbor.  

King Anawrahta managed to unify several heterogeneous countries of over 130 ethnic groups. Actually, this has not even finished until today in 2016. It probably would have been happening decades ago but English and US governments always understood it to prevent it and permanently played their idiotic political games with Myanmar. 

 Burma as it was named by the British struggle even today as a victim of the "British Crown" because the East India Company was owned finally by the "British Crown". After WW2 the Brits and Americans run away after they pulled Burma into the war. 

Only the Japanese tried to help them but they were too weak because of the war.  This is a short introduction to the position of King Anawrahta and why the name. Today Anawrata Street in Yangon is one the typical old style shopping streets of southeast Asia.
Anawrahta Street Flower Market

Here is plenty of street food and restaurants plus shopping possibility even an old church and a beautiful flower market is along the road the attractive tropical flowers in all colors including huge white lilies from Shan State. 

Anawrahta Road in Yangon

Places to visit on Anawrahta Road

Most of the interesting parts start in Chinatown in the west in between are local style condos and apartments most people living here are of Indian origin having shops of the street level. 

Here are no brand-name stores only locally and Chinese made items are sold that includes fashionable clothing and accessory from Thailand and a few from Europa. The rich local people usually fly to Singapore and Bangkok when doing high-end shopping.

City Hall    Old Ministers Office

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One of the absolute highlights of any trip to Myanmar is exotic shopping.

People won't imagine what is available for a good deal, the thing is since the country was locked up for such a long time the old oriental bazaars and goods are still around and very busy, bustling with goods many people can't even imagine. 

Anawrahta Street ShopAnawrahta Street FoodAlthough the usual Chinese junk made huge inroads the good old Burmese handicrafts, gemstones, jewelry, wood carvings, lacquerware, silver, jade, ruby, sapphires, gold and myriads of precious stones are still available. Unfortunately, the Chinese shopping frenzy pushed up all prices in the last 2 years.

Yangon Anawrahta Street Shopping

Anawrahta Street Flower market

Anawrahta Street Flower Market

It's a fresh market and starts in the afternoon no ice involved so it needs to be very fresh which frankly I have my doubt's, anyway I am here to make some pictures and not to eat. Since this also is according to the traffic one of the dirtiest street in the city it needs a good wash after moving around. 

If you might not live in a tropical region and don't want to put too much attention to the beautiful flowers just buy some artificial ones. In this days it's almost impossible to see visually a difference. There are countless street markets in the city along Anawrahta Road the most interesting is the tropical flower market in front of the old Methodist Church at 38th street. 

Not only have they tropical plants there are also plenty of "temperate climate" flowers from Shan State. Since the whole area in the northeast around Inle Lake is above thousand meters all plants are known in Europe also grow here.

Myanmar is blessed with different climate zones that are perfect for growing many types of flowers, from the glaciers of the 6000 meter high mountains in the north to the temperate level in Shan State at about 1000 meter height to the tropical flatland elsewhere. 

An ideal environment to grow many different flowers among them are the marvelous orchid.