Yangon to open new night market

YANGON, 13 January 2017: To make Yangon more attractive to visitors, Myanmar’s former capital will open a new night market along its downtown 52nd Street.

Global New Light of Myanmar reported that the Yangon City Development Committee plans to open the night market this month.

The authorities are pushing the project claiming it is important to ensure visitors have more attractions in the evening.

inside no 3In the daytime the street is too busy to introduce a shopping bazaar, but in the evenings most the offices and shops close.

They are now negotiating with Hluttaw representatives from respective townships to move the vendors to the new night market.

The new night market will have approximately 130 stalls, the report added.

Vendors selling products along the downtown streets of Anawrahta Road, MahaBandoola Road, Botahtaung Pagoda Road and Bo Myat Tun Road will be invited to open up stalls in the new night market location.

The YCDC has already compiled a list of street hawkers.

Myanmar welcomed 4.6 million foreign visitors in 2015, an increase of 52% compared with 2014. Spending by tourists rose by 19% to USD2.1 billion in 2015.

The ministry estimates tourist arrivals could reach 5.5 million, last year. Tourist arrivals are likely to reach 7.5 million by 2019.