YANGON, 24 January 2017: Yangon Heritage Trust recognised, the Bogyoke Aung San Market, also know as Scott Market, on Bogyoke Aung San Street as the latest historic landmark to receive a Blue Plaque.
The award was presented last Friday.
YHT awards Blue Plaques to distinguish Yangon’s top architectural landmarks. Blue Plaques are permanent signs installed on public places to commemorate a link between locations and a famous person, event, or landmark. They serve as historical markers.
Global New Light of Myanmar reported the Scott Market Blue Plaque is the 16th issued by YHT to highlight historical buildings and renowned residents that have contributed to the city’s historical narrative.
Since its opening in 1926, Bogyoke Market has been a place for Yangon residents to shop for clothes, art supplies, souvenirs and a place to hang out in the evening.
It is an important attraction for international tourists, the report said.
YHT founder and chairman, Thant Myint-U, noted: “As big shopping malls dominate the landscape, the market becomes more special; a place that takes travellers back to a time before advent of tourism.”
The 90-year old Bogyoke Aung San Market is a major bazaar located in Pabedan township in central Yangon, Myanmar.
Known for its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets, the market is a major tourist destination, dominated by antique, Burmese handicraft and jewellery shops, art galleries, and clothing stores.
The market also has a number of stores for local shoppers, selling medicine, foodstuffs, garments and foreign goods.
The commemorative Blue Plaque is part of YHT’s efforts to protect Yangon’s architectural and cultural heritage.