Bathed in the golden glow of the Shwedagon Pagoda most nights until April is a gathering of Thai food, clothes, cosmetics, and more—a “taste of Bangkok,” so the organizers say.

The BKK Night Market on the rooftop of Myanmar Culture Valley in People’s Park is open every evening from 4.30pm to 10pm except Tuesdays. The brainchild of 20-something Thai sisters Givezy and Kamonwan and Yangon-born May Myat Aung, the market switches location every three or four months.

“We want to give a taste of Bangkok,” said 22-year-old May. “Good food, a chilled place to visit, because in Yangon there is nothing much to visit in the nighttime.” Previous locations include Junction Square and Botahtaung Jetty, but this latest incarnation is perhaps the most fitting for a replica of the Thai capital’s famous night bazaars.

It is divided into two large outdoor spaces, decorated with colorful bunting and wonderfully lit with little LEDs, a selfie haven identified from U Wisara Road by the BKK letters overlooking U Wisara Road and a pleasant spot to hang out in these milder evenings before the rain comes and it gets too hot.

Celebrating its one-year anniversary last Saturday, the market has been here for one week and hosts a mixture of Thai and Myanmar sellers. Bangkok street food is dominant among the fare: skewered chicken and pork, grilled or dried fish, prawns and crabs, bags of grubs, buckets of soda, and, of course, papaya salad. Expect to pay about 2,500-3,000 kyats for a decent portion of barbecue.

There are also Korean spicy noodles and other cuisines as well as a fun selection of desserts such as waffles, sticky rice and young coconut filled with ice cream and topped with things like chocolate cereal and jelly.

“Dragon’s Breath” at a night market in Yangon. (BKK Night Market / Facebook)

The standout, though, is “Dragon’s Breath,” the novel experience of chewing meringue steaming with clouds of liquid nitrogen. Anybody going cold turkey waiting for Myanmar’s mango season to arrive can get their hit from the sour and sweet fruits imported from Thailand at the market.

Fashionable trends from Myanmar’s eastern neighbor are present, among them shirts adorned with flower patterns, funky flower slippers, and those rather disconcerting cosmetic contact lenses that enlarge girls’ irises.

In one stall, women’s jeans were 12,000 kyats and men’s were 15,000 kyats. Visitors can also get Henna tattoos and enjoy fairground games. The team behind the market are young and energetic, keen to attract companies and lease out space. They welcome musicians to fill the stage on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Visit BKK Night Market on Facebook for more information.

 

 

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