A Bookworm’s Paradise on Pansodan

By The Irrawaddy 1 March 2016

RANGOON — Pansodan Street is not only famous for its historic colonial architecture but also its sidewalks that are lined with secondhand booksellers. On this stretch of road in downtown Rangoon, many rare books on Burma and a litany of other topics, as well as novels, can be found by the discerning passerby.

Books, both in Burmese and English, are set out for display on tables and on mats along the sidewalk. Booksellers are also located on nearby Merchant Road as well as on 37th street.

The area is always crowded with bookworms flicking through materials on law, education, language, literature, traditional medicine and much more, including, of course, Burmese politics, history and culture.