Years of autocratic rule have left Myanmar with a thriving black-market economy. From the copycat Jeep Wranglers that cruise the streets of Yangon to the smuggled bottles of Johnnie Walker that line every corner store shelf, countless goods are the product of illicit trade or property infringement.
In celebration of this tradition, Memory DVD (Botahtaung Township, Yangon) boasts a stunning selection of quality bootleg DVDs. The store is meticulously cataloged and its owners’ and employees’ knowledge of their selection is endless. They’ve got everything from brand new releases, both movies and TV series, to classics. On a recent visit we purchased every single James Bond ever released! Prices are high by local standards, 1500 kyat per DVD, but well worth it considering the extensive inventory and guaranteed quality.