Zay Cho (many other English spellings including Zegyo, Zaygyo, Zeigyo) in the Bamar language means “cheap rice”. It is the name given to the major market in Mandalay and is one of Myanmar’s oldest. It includes a massive covered area like Yangon’s Bogyoke Aung Sang Market, as well as the surrounding streets (from 84th. to 86th. Streets and between 26th and 28th) where produce and other consumable goods spill out onto the streets themselves.
It can be a chaotic scene – and also one full of life. Like market areas in other Asian cities I have visited, it provides fantastic opportunities for photographers wanting to capture a little of the colourful and dynamic upfolding of another shopping day in Mandalay. I spent over an hour walking around the open-air street market taking in the scene.
Walk through the Zay Cho area you will see fruits, vegetables, fish and meats, grains and legumes and so much more spilling out on the streets. Behind various baskets and stacks and full trays or tables someone – most always a female or two- is sitting, ready to make a sale. And nearby, if it is a street vendor, is often the motorcycle or bicycle that brought the goods or the people to their spot in the market.