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Hnin Ei Shwe Yee (IV-TM-52)

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'Zay Cho Market'

Zay Cho Market located in central Mandalay, is the oldest and most important market in Mandalay. Zay Cho or Zegyo Market can be one of such an interesting place. Zay Cho, is in a hideous five-storey brick and concrete building with a grungy, tungsten-lit interior. Due to its unique location,there are merchnats from China,India, and Thailand all here. It is one of the busiest, most central and largest shopping market which offers a variety of wares from food, fruits, fabrics, personal utensils to handicraft, gems, jewelry. It's opening hours is 06:00AM-05:00PM. The market firstly function the wholesale then retails. What you can buy here are enormous: Thai Silk, Burmese Jade, Indian Spices, Traditional Handicraft. The plethora of food and spices on the ground floor is spectacular. Only the lower two floors and part of the third are occupied with the second floor being mostly mountains of clothes and rolls of brightly coloured fabrics. Local street food sold here are said to be the most excellent ones you can find in Mandalay.From a bowl of monhinga, pork skewers to a sweet glutinous rice cake and an iced yogurt drink, everything is mouthwatering. Just sit down on a plastic kid's stool. Enjoy any kinds of food on the stick you like with fresh chili, garlic and a couple of tasty dipping sauce; then see the stall owner prepare meat for the new skewer batch. Vendors are friendly and helpful, which is fortunate as we do confess to getting completely lost inside. The main entrance is on 84th Street, immediately south of the busy clocktower junction, with stalls split between the newer,main section to the east of the road and the smaller part to the west. It makes for a good diversion if your are walking down 26th Street to the riverside, but you will find more traditional markets elsewhere. Plenty of snacks and drinks stalls are found inside and around the edge.

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Zay Cho Market