“I hope the market is busier later on. I didn’t
have much time to let my customers know of the launch of this market as I was
in a rush to move and display my shop here,” said a middle-aged food vendor
while he was busy prepping his specialty dish of traditional mohinga at the recently launched market
on 52nd Street in the downtown area of the commercial capital
The 52nd Market was
launched in the downtown township of Pazundaung on January 3rd as a
two-part market; the daytime part is from 6 AM to 12PM and the nighttime shops
open from 3 to 11 PM.
I noticed that half of the targeted
number of shops was open at the market and there were a small number of
buyers/visitors there as well.
Some sellers gave their comment saying the
market was still not as busy as expected because of a lack of promotion and
marketing. There were only a small number of shops in operation when the market
had been open for four days.
Fish and meat, breakfast foods and groceries
are available in the daytime part of the market. Despite it being promoted that
the nighttime market would also have food stalls, I noted only textile and
vegetable shops at the market that evening.
Though the 52nd Market is
planned as a relocation destination for street vendors from some streets of
Pazundaung Township and to sell their goods at one place, some still need to be
organized to join the market as the City Development Committee have already
informed them that action will be taken against them if they keep operating
their business on the streets.
U Myo Win, a resident in the area,
said that giving space for street sellers at the market would be very helpful
to relieve the traffic jams of the downtown township.
The 52nd Market’s
nighttime market is the second of its kind in Yangon after the establishment of
the one on Strand Road. It is planned to have room for 130 shops in total.