Naran Tuul Market, east of the city centre, is also known as the Black Market (Khar Zakh), but it's not the sort of place where you go to change money illegally and smuggle goods - though this certainly happens. The market is huge, one of the biggest in Asia and in summer up to 60,000 people a day squeeze inside. An undercover area has a decent selection of clothes, such as bags, leather boots and fake North Face jackets. This is also one of the cheapest places to get traditional Mongolian clothes. Towards the back of the market you'll find saddles, riding tack and all the ingredients needed to build your own ger such as all the orange furniture and cooking stoves that you find in them. Also for purchase are souvenirs, houseware and household items, DIY tools power tools and such like, beds, sofas, and other furniture. There is an inside area where you find toiletries, food and meat butchers. The market is notorious for pickpockets and bag slashers so don't bring anything you don't want to lose. Don't carry anything on your back, and strap your money belt to your body inside your clothes. I don't think the market is open on Monday's. It also costs a whole Tug50 for the entrance fee.
Known as ikh delguur or 'big shop', the State Department Store is virtually a tourist attraction in itself, with the best products from around the city squeezed into one building. The 1st floor has a good supermarket at the back and the rest of the floor is taken up by perfume counters. The 2nd floor has outlets for clothing, cashmere and leather goods. The 3rd floor has electronics, a Mobicom shop, CDs, books, sports equipment, camping and fishing gear. The 5th floor has a great collection of souvenirs, traditional clothing, maps and books about Mongolia. Souvenir prices are higher than in other shops around the city. This shop is a must visit even if you're not planning on doing any shopping. Simply come in and look around.
If you can't travel Mongolia, maybe try this store: www.mogultravel.com/artscrafts
What to buy: Mongol style paintings, boots, Mongolian winter olympic hats-fox fur hats, silk vest, felt bags and slippers. Even a horse whip made from gazelle leg.
What to pay: from 12-155 $
There are few cashmere shops where you can find good quality of Cashmere cloths for cheap price comparing with other countries but the Quality of Mongolian pure cashmere is the best in the world, there are some factory make clothes by Italian style pretty cool.
specially in fall all the shops are in Discount like 5 %,
cashmere house and boutique is the largest one in Ulaanbaatar.we are confident once you purchase clothes in Cashmere house you will appreciate the warmth and softness of Mongolian cashmere.
found in this Cashmere house seems little biut fancy and good colour combination,
Black market is an interesting place where you can see the real local people who tries to supply thier kids and family and selling goods in all during four seasons, still staying in outside when it gets -30 in freezing winter,
All the basic foodstuffs are available from the various number of super markets. Many types of imported food are sold in department store Bars and Mercury food market. several shops are selling camping gears and also in the black market you can find everything as well as NORTH FAKE ( north face) made in china but it’s ideal to buy those the price of one tenth in Europe around 25$ the quality isn’t that bad . The black market is known Har Zakh in Mongolian Narantuul is the biggest and main place for locals to buy clothing, traditional costume, hand made furniture, high quality of Mongolian carpets, fresh fruit and vegetable also fresh meat just from grazing land and traditional milk products as well as Mongolian GER felt tent with all the details and decorations, This is the place you can find the cheapest things in a town but sure you should bargain take your tour guide or Mongolian friend when you go there, But don’t worry Mongolians are very honest people so they don’t increase the price like Chinese just maybe just few hundreds believe them .
The most important things is to be careful with your stuffs don’t take your passport, wallet with lot of money and camera there are group of pickpockets in black market and they are almost professional some come in front of you other push you from your back and they make crowd on purpose and in that time some will steal your things and will run away in second.
What to buy: Here you can find everything everything, from the stationary to second handed German shoes /10-20$/ , Traditional Mongolian clohes, hand made felt boots /15-20$/, traditional Del / 25-30$/, some traditional furniture with beautifil painting, wooden chair /4$/ depending on the size, small wooden chair or maybe tea dest will ge breat present to your loved ones, but and then post them in Post office, there is a inside Food market there you coud find from mutton to milk product, dried curd, clotted cream, as well as fermented mare's milk / less than 1$ per litre/.
What to pay: Here are some useful Mongolian phrases that might help you! don't expect that they will speak english to you!!
*How much does it cost? Ene yamar unetei ve? / Энэ ямар үнэтэй вэ? /
*I would like to buy... Bi …-iig avmaar baina / Би ...- г авмаар байна /
*Can I try this ….? Bi omsoj uzej boloh uu? / Би өмсөж үзэж болох уу? /
*Boots Gutal / Гутал /
*Deel Deel / Дээл /
*Do you have smaller / bigger one? Tanid arai jijig/ tom baina uu? / Танд арай жижиг / том байна уу? /
This is a comprehensive souvenir shop inside the main temple complex, just walk to your left upon entering the main gate. I found that you can get many of the same things in UB cheaper. But why not look for the special touch, and never mind place of origin.
What to buy: For my home I bought thick, warm winter slippers made from wool felt and hide soles.
What to pay: Overpriced compared to the local economy, but some of it goes to charity, so why not?
The Black Market is not a "black market" but the main outdoors market in UB. In one area there will be indivduals trying to sell hides of various critters, some legal, some not according to CITES.
What to buy: The marmot skins are very fine and soft and warm, so go for those; millions are killed each year in what still is considered sustainable harvesting - for food. The finest skins go to town to be sold...
Note that China prohibits import of marmot skins, never mind their own export of the same! The reason is probably a mix of protectionism and fear of spread of the pest (marmot is a pest bacillus carrier).
What to pay: I paid 10.000 t?gr?g for the one on the photo.
This is an open-air gigantic market located quite some distance from the city centre. Best to get there by taxi.
A small fee is collected upon entrance. The open-air market has canvas shelters in some areas.
Every trashy and kitsch thing that remotely has a chance of being sold is being sold here. There are some food stalls outside the covered area.
Personally, I enjoyed visiting this market to see the activities and mock at the merchandises.
However, WATCH OUT FOR PICKPOCKETS called ALI-BABAS!! They usually carry a sweater or jacket on their arm or fling one across their shoulder so that it is easier to hide the stolen wallets. They know about money-belts and will blatantly poke you in the back to test for them!
I'm not sure what's the name of it in English, but in Mongolian it is something like this. It is located near the main train station (10m east from it on the same side of the street) - a grey two-story building.
What to buy: A good one-stop shop for all your gifts - cashmere, carpets, leather goods and sheepskin. On the second floor at the very end there is a store selling goods made of yak wool - a good cheap alternative to cashmere.
What to buy:
"The Lost Country. Mongolia Revealed".
By Jasper Becker, Sceptre, London 1993.
This book will give you a consise, but thorough popular history of the Mongolian people and nation, and building up to the crecendo that was the fall of communism in 1991.
The author travels to many places in Mongolia to search for the bits and pieces of the historical puzzle, so is also interesting for a traveller on the same track.
What to pay: About 10-12 USD in Mongolia.
Printed USD 7.99 on the book (1993 edition)
BE AWARE TO PICKPOCKET! Black Market is intresting to be visited but be aware, you will find different sections as antique, saddles, ger, clothes, shoes, food...
ATTENTION AUX PICKPOCKETS! Le Black Market est interesant a visiter vous y trouverez des antiquites, des fruits et legumes, des habits, des meubles, des articles d'equitation....
ATTENZIONE AI PICKPOCKET! Il Black Market ? interessante da visitare si trovano antichit?, frutta, verdura, vestiti, mobili, articoli d'equitazione...
What to buy: TO BUY A GER:a ger costs around 800 USD if complete and only the wood: 300 USD, you need an official permit to export, ask to culture ministery.
ACHAT D'UNE YOURTE (ger): compl?te:800USD, la structure seule en bois: 300USD. Autorisation du Minist?re de la Culture pour l'exporter (s'obtient facilement)
COMPERARE UNA IURTA: completa costa sui 800 USD, la sola struttuare circa 300 USD. Autorizaione indispensabile del Ministero della Cultura per esportarla (Si ottiene facilmente)
What to buy:
WHAT TO BUY?
Cashemere clothes as gloves, pull over... EXCELLENT QUALITY
dells and mongolian boots
wooden saddles, and all to ride horse
You can find all items describe in special stores in Ulan Batar, or in the shops of the most important hotels of the town. Ask also to your driver and surely can give you some goods adresses
you can be buy for cheap at the BLACK MARKET but be WATCH TO PICKPOCKET PLEASE!
habits en cashmere du Gobi comme des puls, des gants, chaussettes...EXCELLENTE QUALITE
selles en bois
articles en feutre
Vous pouvez trouver ces articles dans les grands magasins de U.B. ou au Black Market, ATTENTION AUX PICKPOCKETS et votre chauffeur saura vous indiquer quelques bonnes adresses. Tous ces articles a part le cashmere sont moins chers au Black Market.
articoli in cashmere del Gobbi come pull over, sciarpe, guanti...ECCELLENTE QUALITA
sella di legno
articoli di feltro
Tutti questi articoli sono anche in vendit? nei negozi di U.B. ma pure al Black Market. ATTENZIONE AI PICKPOCKET! Il vostro autista sapr? consigliarvi e tutti gli articoli sono meno caro al Black Market salvo il Cashmere.
What to pay: dells cost 40/50 usd
ger cost 800 usd
mongolian boots cost 30/60 usd
Most souvenir shops and most regular clothing stores
What to buy: The short version of the del (both for men and women) I found very attractive, and ended up buying one. Not the one with the sash as on this photo of my friend Tumerbataar, but the one with bone buttoning in front, down to the bum.
Bright blue silk with some modest traditional patterns, very good and warm (it is lined), but suitable mainly for special interest parties or for home use.
What to pay: I spent some 40 thousand Ts for this one, but then it was indeed nice, too.
The State Department Store is in a big building with a plaza in front right on the main street, the Peace Avenue. This is well-documented and described by other VT tippers, too.
Other souvenir stores and handicraft stores have them, too. I asked a local about the quality of the bows and arrows sold in these stores, and he guaranteed they wer fine and of the normal sort used in Mongolia.
What to buy: The traditional competition bow and arrow can be bought here.
It comes in three sizes: 1) children 2) women 3) adult men.
They are made from bone and wood and sinew if made properly. Add nylon string for modernity? And varnish.
They offered to pack mine in a tube for easy transport. However, transport logistics prevented me from buying one this time. But next time I'll go for it!
Silk clothing, , variations of the del (short versions are useful and nice for other places too.
Visit the old market, but hold on to your valuables … pick pocketing
What to pay: The prices vary from about 300 000 Tögörög to 40-50 000 by size and quality. Additional arrows and storage container extra.
What to buy:
Dels, the Mongolian herdsman/woman clothing, can be bought fairly inexpensively. Actually you can buy the fabric, and have it made for you fairly quickly.
A snuff bottle is another popular item, they range from very cheap 5 dollar bottles to 100 dollars or more.
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