Exploring Burma’s Bookshops: Bagan

Opened in the 1970s’, Bagan Book House is the mainstay of the famous 37th Book Street and has carved out its own niche with a collection dedicated solely to Myanmar in the English language … 

If a book has been written on Myanmar by a foreign author Bagan Book House will probably sell it – though in a pirated, copied edition.  The owner U Htay Aung, the son of the founder, has a personal interest in travel and history and this is reflected in an extensive display of pre-colonial administrative works by British civil servants on Myanmar, alongside maps, postcards, photographs and other random curious on the country.

He also doesn’t mind you sitting on the low wooden bench thoughtfully placed under the shelves and staying a while to have a read.  Having featured in several international articles, the shop is well imprinted on the traveller’s map as ‘the’ bookshop to visit when in Yangon.  For English language works on the country, perhaps it still is, with one exception.

Open: Daily from 9am to 6pm.

Address: No. 100, 37th Street, Kyauktada Township, Yangon.

Tel. 09 5117470

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