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Bagan SHOPPING

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Thanakar Complex

Shopping centre in Nyaung U. ...

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Family Lacquerware Work Shop

Smaller workshop off the east side of the road with some contemporary styles using alternative colours, such as blue and yellow with fewer layers of lacquer. ...

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Golden Cuckoo

Just behind the Manuha Paya, this family-run workshop spans four generations and focuses on high quality ‘traditional’ designs, which are applied to some unusual objects, including a motorbike helmet (US$1200). The really good stuff is in the room at the back. ...

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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. Unlike other places, it does accept credit cards if you spend more than $100, with the usual hefty surcharge. ...

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Art Gallery of Bagan

English-speaking Maung Aung Myin has two rooms and a busy workshop on the road 200yd north of Mahamuni. Apart from the full range of lacquerware, including some beautiful and pricey cabinets and casks, there are also antique and new puppets ($20 to $150). ...

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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 includes a mix of traditional and modern lacquerware, and it is possible to see every step of the process in an adjacent workshop. ...

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Mani-Sithu Market

Near the roundabout at the east end of the main road, this market offers a colourful display of fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish and textiles and is best visited early in the day to see it at its liveliest. There are plenty of traveller-oriented goods (woodcarvings, T-shirts, lacquerware) at its nor ...

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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 bronze pieces. Ask to see the antique section at the rear. Lacquerware selections ar ...

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