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Thursday, 11 February 2016 09:40

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Myanmar Plaza

Shopping in Myanmar has never been a fully satisfying experience, although this opinion might be biased as it is coming from someone who has been abroad and seen the potential of shopping. As a citizen of Myanmar, I have been long embarrassed by what our country has to offer in terms of shopping experiences. However, my assumptions are fading slowly with the recent development in the country.

Recently on my Facebook News Feed, I’ve been seeing many check-ins at this newly opened mall, “Myanmar Plaza’’. Judging from its massive size and towering buildings, I wondered if this mall might be Yangon’s “Paragon’’, a reference to Bangkok’s biggest shopping center. The Myanmar Plaza has been the talk of the town and the place to go in Yangon.  I was so curious to see what the hype was and immediately decided that I should go and see for myself.

A taxi ride later through the army of traffic, I arrived at the entrance of the Myanmar Plaza. The immense size of the compound can make anyone feel inferior. The Myanmar Plaza is part of a huge compound owned by Vietnamese firm HAGL. Connecting Myanmar Plaza is a Melia Hotel which also shares Myanmar Plaza’s immense size, truly a “Siam Paragon” size and standard.

Feeling excited, I rushed inside. The moment I stepped in my initial reaction was just pure awe. The amount of space inside was beyond amazing. The first thing you see when you step in is the set of escalators separating each floor from each other. Each floor is categorized into different shopping genres and although the Myanmar Plaza has not been fully completed yet, it is easily recognizable. The ground floor is the most impressive with international branded shops such as Charles & Keith, Mango, L’Occitane, Nike and many more. All the outlets located on the first floor are mostly fashion related and is the place for branded fashion items as well.

During my visit, I explored the Charles & Keith outlet and found that the collection is very similar to the outlet I visited recently in Bangkok’s Paragon although the collection is not as big as the one in Bangkok, but it does have the hottest women bags, purses, and shoes. Another shop worth checking out is Mango. This is one of the very first shops you will see when walking in, and it has one of the biggest collections of women’s wear especially formal business attire. In addition to fashion, there are a number of gold and jewelry shops such as Shwe Nan Daw and Sein Nan Daw selling exquisite gold and fine jewelries.

The first floor serves as an extension to the first floor and includes a City Mart’s Market Place and more accessories shops. The floor also has a large number of Spas and Beauty Clinics such as Yangon Sanctuary Spa and Revive Wellness. The City Mart Market Place takes up a huge portion of the floor and is quite impossible to miss. The supermarket has everything you will need from food to toiletries to electronic appliances. It is a small plaza inside a big one. There are also a few small food outlets like Chatime and Chewy Junior where you can grab a snack to eat. If you feel reluctant to go to the second floor for electronics, Banana IT near VNC to cater your electronic needs.

The second floor caters to all electronic, mobile phones and appliances. Here you can find official outlets from Huawei and other phone manufacturers as well as from telecom operator Ooredoo, Definitely the place to shop for a new phone! At this time of writing, the third floor is the least finished floor which is understandable as setting up electronics do take time. However, without a doubt once this floor has been fully renovated, will be the most go-to floor in the whole of Myanmar Plaza.

Last but not least, the third floor is all about that food life. I consider myself as a foodie, and when I arrived on the top floor I was amazed by the different types of cuisines and restaurants available. The first restaurant that you see once stepping off the escalator is KFC. Although having been present in Myanmar for less than a year, KFC has caught the attention of Myanmar people and the outlets are always busy with those who love fried food.  Many more food outlets such as Shwe Kaung Hot Pot, Astons Steakhouse, YKKO and bubble tea maker, Gong Cha, are also on the highest floor. Although not as busy as KFC, these outlets have regular diners inside. It is exciting to see many more incoming international food outlets and to explore the different kinds of food they will be offering. Myanmar Plaza’s fourth floor definitely has a potential to become a food hub for Yangonites.


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