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Yangon’s new 52nd Street Market

Photo - Phyo Thiha

 “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 Yangon.

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.

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Theingi Htun is a journalist who worked for two years at Yangon Times Journal and Flower News. She also worked for two years at Democracy Today News as Senior Journalist. She wrote many articles about culture, the travel sector and lifestyle stories too. Now she is working at My Magical Myanmar as a travel writer and social media executive."


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