Nyaungshwe Township in southern Shan State will spend about K200 million (US$152,000) to open a grand night market early next year as a tourist attraction as well as for regional development, according to Myanmar Restaurant Owners Association (Inlay Zone).
The Nyaungshwe night market will have various shops mainly selling traditional handicrafts and local products. There will also be a swimming pool, a children’s sport grounds and traditional handcraft workshops.
“The night market was first planned to open in October this year. But we are now planning to open it in January. The aim is to attract foreign visitors and develop the region. We estimate that the cost ranges between K150 million and K200 million (US$114,000 to US$152,000),” said Myo Min Zaw, the chairman of the association.
The market will also be equipped with 20 restaurants of international standard, 15 small food shops and 20 souvenir shops which are due to open from 4pm to 11pm daily.
The project is being implemented by Myanmar Hoteliers Association and Myanmar Restaurant Owners Association. However, the night market will be operating mainly under the directive of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
At the night market, members of the two above mentioned associations and the Souvenir Shopkeepers Association and the Tourism Entrepreneurs Association will be prioritised in opening shops.
At the end of November, Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar, opened a night market on Strand Road under the management of the region government and Yangon City Development Committee. An official said that the aim is to enable street vendors to sell their products in a designated place as they will be banned from 11 main roads to meet the standards of a modern city.
Around 1,600 out of more than 6,000 street food and fruit vendors are allowed to move to the newly opened night market from 3pm to 11pm every day.
(Source: Eleven Myanmar)