Theingyi Zei

Market in Yangon

Most of the merchandise at downtown Yangon's largest market is ordinary housewares and textiles, but it's also renowned for its large selection of traditional herbs, cosmetics and medicines, which can be found on the ground floor of the easternmost building.

Traditional herbal shampoo, made by boiling the bark of the Tayaw shrub with big black kin pun (acacia pods), is sold in small plastic bags; this is the secret of Myanmar women’s smooth, glossy hair.