Stores, Malls or Markets in Mongolia

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    State Department Store 4th floor: Bow and Arrow - Mongolian national sport No. 2

    by Saagar Written Apr 26, 2004

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    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.
    Wool clothing.
    Various arts
    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.

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    Black Market: from North fake to fresh Mongolian Mutton

    by Tulka Written Apr 8, 2007

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    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? /

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    by swesn Updated Dec 5, 2003

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    This is a HUGE and very modern Department Store-cum-Supermarket.

    Considering the fact that you are in Mongolia, a very REMOTE country, this place is actually quite well-stocked.

    Everything, if you are not too demanding, seems to be available in the ground-floor supermarket floor and upper-floor department stores. Good to stock up on groceries to cook at your guesthouse.

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    Souvenirs from the train

    by SirRichard Written Feb 28, 2003

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    In the restaurant wagon, they have a little shop where they sell typical products. We bought some cachemire gloves and a camel wool pullover.
    Besides, in every station where the train stops you can see an intense trading through the windows, mainly between chinese people of the train and locals…

    Window trading
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    Domestic Manufacturers Center: One-stop shop for gifts

    by nywave Written Jul 30, 2004

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    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.

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    cashmere shop: Cashmere comes from a Goat not from a sheep

    by Tulka Written Apr 8, 2007

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    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*
    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,

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    Black Market, other shopping areas: A nice fur, no biodiversity catastrophe

    by Saagar Written Feb 28, 2006

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    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.

    Oops! marmot destiny...
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    To be found in several bookshops: The best comprehensive book on Mongolia's history

    by Saagar Updated May 9, 2004

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    What to buy: The book:
    "The Lost Country. Mongolia Revealed".
    By Jasper Becker, Sceptre, London 1993.
    ISBN 0-340-57978-1

    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)

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    by grazy56 Updated Nov 9, 2014

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    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
    ger (yourte)
    mongolian boots

    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!

    What to pay: dells cost 40/50 usd
    ger cost 800 usd
    mongolian boots cost 30/60 usd

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    The State Department Store: Souvenirs in Mongolia

    by D_Shannon Updated Oct 19, 2003

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    The State Dept Store in UB has a great selection of souvenirs, including some wonderful Mongolian jackets, but the prices are a bit high. Save it for last, and instead do all the shopping you can at smaller, cheaper outlets. There's a good one around the corner from that Bayansomethingorother hotel near the square, and the small shop in the Juulchin Camp airport actually had some really nice postcards and masks. Or, of course, you can be a real tourist like us and manage to shop right in the middle of the Gobi!

    What to buy: Traditional jacket.
    Sheep ankle bones (for fortune telling - make sure you get an English instruction kit!)
    Wooden masks.
    Vodka! Comes in a fantastic leather pouch.

    Melissa getting a kiss AND a camel purse

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    by grazy56 Updated Nov 8, 2014

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    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...

    What to buy: SOUVENIRS: (March 2012)

    • 1. Cashmere: price increases each season! New: you can find some item cashmere and silk (pullover and scarf)
    • Blanket pure cashmere: from 400.000 Tugrug (plaid)
    • Gloves: 20.000 Tugrugs
    • Pullover: from 120.000 Tugrugs
    • Scarf: from 60.000 Tugrugs
    • Cashmere hat: from 35.000 Tugrugs
    • Big scarf: from 140.000 Tugrugs (with new designer from 240.000 Tugrugs)
    • 2. Felt item: be aware to felt quality as you can find from the worse to the finest one for same item. High felt and softness when you touch the item mean finest quality, also the price will guide you as for same item you can pay 3 times more
    • Sleepers from 10.000 Tugrugs to 25.000 Tugrugs (finest quality)
    • you will find different souvenirs made with felt and also carpets where the quality of the felt is less important than for a pair of sleepers.
    3.Yak wool: pullover made with yak wool are softer than camel wool and really warm too.
    • 4.Camel wool: all kind of clothes are made in camel wool, generally they are brown. You can find item cashmere –camel wool, they are softer and more expensive.
    • The cashmere, yak wool, felt and camel wool production is not regular in quantity. Don’t hesitate to go in different shops to find color / size/model as shops of same branch will maybe have not all the items. But all shops of same branch even in luxury center or in the fabric will have same price for same item. If possible go to the fabric as more choice and sale.
    • Be aware when item on sale: ask if the % written is already cut down of the price of the item or if you will get it only when you pay to cashier!
    • Be aware to look well item you want to buy as quality department is not so good on the fabric as on luxury shops (defects) .

    TO BUY A GER:a ger costs around 1200 USD if complete and only the wood:500 USD, you need an official permit to export, ask to culture ministery.

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    Mongolian goods

    by archan4698 Written Jan 15, 2004

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    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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    Souvenir shop in Erdene Zuu at Kharkhorin: Felt slippers

    by Saagar Updated Jan 10, 2007

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    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?

    Felt slippers - super warm!
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    Any souvenir and clothing shop: The smart del

    by Saagar Updated Apr 28, 2004

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    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.

    Traditional fine del

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    by swesn Updated Oct 30, 2004

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    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!

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