91 Murray Street Byward MarketOttawaOntarioK1N 5M5Canada View Map


$2.4 Million




(613) 789-0759


We are a family-owned company that buys products in Asia and retails them in Ottawa, Canada. We personally select all products and many are specifically made for Burapa. Products are selected on the basis of aesthetic and design value, originality and uniqueness. The name 'Burapa' (accent on the final a) is a Thai variation of a Sanskrit word (pu-ra-bvaa) meaning 'from the orient', to reflect the origin of our products. We have lived, worked and been educated in Asia, and still travel widely there, personally selecting and buying items that will add their own beauty and tranquility to a western lifestyle. A few years ago as our personal collection of social, cultural and religious items had grown beyond our personal needs, we decided to open a shop/gallery to share our appreciation and understanding of Asian aesthetics. Having lived and worked in a number of countries in Asia, (latterly two years in Nepal) we have many friends, relatives (Vadi is Thai) and social contacts around the region to help us in the selection and gathering of so many interesting products. Vadi previously taught English Literature at two universities in Bangkok, and is currently working on a book (to be published in Thailand) consisting of a collection of previously published and unpublished articles on social, cultural and religious aspects of Nepalese life. Lawrence, in addition to his regular duties as Burapa General Manager is studying English Literature part-time at Ottawa University. He was at school in Thailand and still has friends who are now the new Asian generation. Harry continues to seek out and undertake governance/development projects in South and South East Asia. Our retail outlet has been open in the Byward Market in Ottawa since November 2003. Our customers come from all over Canada, as well as the US and Europe. We are continually identifying and designing new products, as well as adding to our collection of Asian antiques. If you are in Ottawa but can't make it into our store during regular opening hours, please call (613) 296-0963 and we'll be happy to make an appointment at a mutually suitable time. We are located in a Heritage Building at 91 Murray Street in the Byward Market.

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