Markets

There are markets everywhere in Burma.  I did not see one supermarket!  The Burmese markets vary in size but most offer produce and other foods in addition to house hold goods and clothing.  We poked around a number of them.

The entrance to a pagoda served as an entrance to a large market which reminded me of an outdoor flea market.

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Markets were often located on the grounds of pagodas and sold Buddhist things.

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Markets contained a lot of great looking fruits and vegetables, some unidentifiable to me.

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And in the markets and on the streets we encountered betel nut vendors. The nut is chopped up and wrapped in a betel leaf with a bit of lime and perhaps some spice and then chewed.  It is a mild stimulant.  It is also a carcinogenic like tobacco and is habit forming like smoking.

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The chewing of betel nut turns saliva red and eventually teeth black. Ugh! Chewers then spit red juice. Double ugh!!

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In Rangoon there is a famous covered market, Bogyoke Aung San Market, with over 2000 stalls which over the years has become very touristy selling souvenirs, antiques, “new” antiques, tee shirts and lots of jade and gemstones, especially rubies, and jewelry.

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