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Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Nyaung U


This colourful boutique has gorgeous textiles, bags, toys, handicrafts and clothing that are entirely produced by a women's cooperative started by the international NGO ActionAid. Some 600 artisans based in more tha…
Arts & Crafts in Myinkaba

Golden Cuckoo

Pho Htoo and his brother run this workshop, which has been in their family for four generations and focuses on high-quality ‘traditional’ designs. In addition to exquisite bowls and cylinders, there are such unusual…
Arts & Crafts in Myinkaba

Art Gallery of Bagan

English-speaking Maung Aung Myin has two rooms and a busy workshop on the road 200yd north of Manuha Paya. There's a full range of lacquerware, including some beautiful (and pricey) cabinets and casks. The cheapest …
Arts & Crafts in Old Bagan

Shwe War Thein Handicrafts Shop

Just east of Tharabar Gate (and well signed off the Bagan–Nyaung U Rd) is this popular treasure trove of Myanmar trinkets. The collection includes antique and new puppets, woodcarvings, chess sets, lacquerware and b…
Market in Nyaung U

Mani-Sithu Market

Near the roundabout at the eastern end of the main road, this market offers a colourful display of fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish and textiles. It's best visited early in the day to see it at its liveliest. There …
Arts & Crafts in New Bagan

Tun Handicrafts/Moe Moe’s

This family-run local business was one of the first to establish itself in New Bagan and is run by U Kan Tun and her daughter Moe Moe. The large showroom has a mix of traditional and modern lacquerware, and it is po…
Art in Pyay

Spectrum Art

Tucked down a sleepy side street off Strand Rd, this tiny traditional house contains a small collection of landscapes, portraits and caricatures by Sooe Lay, who opened the gallery in 1997. Prices for original works…
Arts & Crafts in New Bagan

Bagan House

Worth seeking out on the backstreets, this stylish showroom has a mix of cheap and higher-priced lacquerware, as well as the usual artisans at work. Aung San Suu Kyi visited in 2012. Credit cards are accepted.
Arts & Crafts in Myinkaba

Family Lacquerware Work Shop

This smaller workshop off the east side of the road has some contemporary styles using alternative colours, such as blue and yellow, with fewer layers of lacquer.
Shopping Centre in Nyaung U

Thanakar Complex

Souvenir-filled complex of shops that makes for easy gift-hunting.