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    GUM

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 3, 2012

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    GUM

    GUM (Russian: ГУМ, is abbreviation of the Russian: Главный универсальный магазин, read: Glavnyi Universalnyi Magazin, with meaning "main universal store") is the name of the main department store in many cities of the former Soviet Union. It is also known as State Department Store (Russian: Государственный универсальный магазин, read: Gosudarstvennyi Universalnyi Magazin) in USSR.
    Our tour guide is recommended this department store as one of the cheapest place to take a rest and eat. Located across Kremlin and Red square, GUM is major tourist attraction.

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    Almacenes - GUM - Magazin

    by elpariente Written Sep 3, 2012

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    GUM . Glavny Universalny Magazín . Principales Tiendas Universales
    Se construyeron estos almacenes antes de la revolución , se nacionalizaron , fueron oficinas , sirvieron de mausoleo de la mujer de stalin y en 1953 se convirtió en tienda estatal y al disolverse la Unión Soviética los privatizaron y se ha convertido en uno de los centros comerciales más grandes , lujosos y elegantes del mundo donde se pueden encontrar todas las grandes marcas internacionales
    Hay que visitarlo , compres o no compres , subir hasta su tercer piso y simplemente dejarte llevar, ver sus escaparates...
    No cabe duda que llama la atención que en plena Plaza Roja , en la capital comunista del mundo, haya
    una muestra del capitalismo puro y duro

    GUM. Glavny Universalny Magazine. Main Universal Store
    These stores were built before the revolution, were nationalized, were offices, mausoleum of Stalin's wife and in 1953 became an state store and after the dissolution of the Soviet Union it was privatized and has become one of the largest, luxurious and elegant shopping centers in the world where you can find all major international brands
    You have to visit it , buy or not buy, and go up to the three floors and just let go, check windows , see the people ...
    No doubt that it is shocking that in the midle of the Red Square, in the communist capital of the world,they have sample of pure capitalism

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    Gum pronounce goom shopping department

    by fachd Written Jul 10, 2012

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    I'll put this on things to do category as I dont have shopping tips to mention except dont buy anything here because you will most probably find it cheaper in your home country.

    We visited Gum Department store located in front of Lenin Mausoleum east side of Red Square. The impressive building that looks like a palace extends nearly all the way on the eastern side of the Red Square.

    The inside of the building is something else it’s a work of art with glamorous shops on both side of the corridor. In the three storey’s building inside you can see the sky through the large glass roof as you are walking alongside the shopping corridor. On the centre of the ground floor you’ll see a beautiful fountain where people congregate and taking photos while licking ice cream.

    Also while window shopping you’ll see a beautiful Russian model trying to sell the products. Its expensive shopping centers but we managed to have lunch and bought an ice cream from cranky old lady.

    There are many well known brands like Armani, DKNY, Christian Dior, Versace, Milu Milu, Max Mara, Coach, Salvatore Ferragamo and others I have never heard before. If you want spent expensive merchandise this is the place but we find with the same brand Australia is cheaper.

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    G.U.M. (main universal store)

    by gordonilla Written Oct 2, 2011

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    This was still open although we arrived quite late. Our Russian colleague commented on how expensive location was to shop in - it seemed very high end designer label stores. It was not busy at all.

    They are introducing small kiosks to try and get people to think back to Soviet times. sadly they are also quite expensive.

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    GUM Store - Revitalised

    by Mikebb Updated Jan 4, 2011

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    The Gum Department Store - Red Square
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    After visiting Red Square it was time for lunch and the ideal place to visit was the Gum Store on the eastern side of Red Square.

    This historic building from the late 1900's was often seen on television during the Communist era, most times reporting on the lines of people waiting to purchase limited amounts of food and clothing.

    During the late 1990's the building was renovated and today is a modern shopping centre with all the western upmarket stores and labels.

    Well worth visiting with many restaurants and cafes.

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    GUM-more like a palace than a shopping centre

    by mallyak Written Nov 30, 2010

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    . Built at the turn of the 19th Century the complex boasts an elegantly-decorated interior, comprising of three parallel arcades, centred around a fountain and roofed by a splendid glass ceiling - magnificent! Whole afternoons can easily be wasted browsing through flagship stores of the likes of Christian Dior, Hugo Boss and Puma. And with Bosco Bar and Cafe onsite you don't have to go far for a decent drink either!

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    GUM

    by MikeAtSea Updated Apr 7, 2008

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    With the façade extending for 242 metres meters along the eastern side of Red Square, the Upper Trading Rows were built between 1890 and 1893 by Alexander Pomerantsev and Vladimir Shukhov. The trapezoidal building features an interesting combination of elements of Russian medieval architecture and a steel framework and glass roof, a similar style to the great Victorian train stations of London. Nearby, also facing Red Square, is a very similar building, formerly known as the Middle Trading Rows.
    At the end of the Soviet era, GUM was partially then fully privatized, and it passed through a number of owners before it ended up in the hands of the supermarket chain Perekryostok. In May 2005, a 50.25% interest was sold to Bosco di Ciliegi, a Russian luxury-goods distributor and boutique operator. As a private shopping mall, it was renamed in such a fashion that it could maintain its old abbreviation and still be called GUM. The first word "Gosudarstvennyj" has been replaced with "Glavnyj" 'main', so that GUM is now an abbreviation for "Main Department Store".

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    GUM

    by brazwhazz Written Nov 25, 2007

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    GUM (pronounced "goom", not "gum"), which stands for Gosudarstvenny Universalny Magazin (State Department Store), is the name given in 1921 to Moscow's, and probably Russia's, most famous shopping place. The building, built from 1889 to 1893, was originally known as the Upper Trading Rows before it was nationalized. Since the perestroika, it has once again become a place of upscale shopping. Even if you aren't in the mood for shopping, it is worth it to take a walk inside and appreciate the rich architectural features of the building, the most notable ones being the glass roof and the fountain.

    The GUM is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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    GUM

    by el_ruso Written Aug 5, 2007

    The massive shopping center on Red Square is here instead of the shopping tips because it is architecturally and historically significant. It was built at the turn of the XX century in the Russian revival style, the same time and style as the History museum and the old Duma, and thus completed the ensemble of Red Square. It was used to hang portraits of Soviet leaders during parades and demonstrations.

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    GUM Department Store

    by WorldPassenger Updated Jan 12, 2007
    Front facade of GUM from Red Square
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    This modern 3-story department store is the largest shop in Moscow and was built to replace the old hall of the Upper Trading Rows, which existed earlier on the same site but burnt down in 1825. The original hall contained some 1,200 separate shops and stalls and was one of Moscow's liveliest markets. Today’s multi-story mall encompasses over 150 stores and kiosks.

    The store is a graceful, arcade-type, shopping center the runs along the east-side of Red Square. Take the time to notice some of its outstanding features which include its magnificent architecture – reminiscent of the great turn of the century train stations of Paris and London – cast-iron railings and arched skylights. This is one of the most photographed buildings in Moscow.

    The dozens of shops inside GUM include many high-end retailers such as Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton. If such boutiques are not in your price range, there are plenty of mid-range shops to choose from. One of my favorite activities in GUM is to grab a nice dessert and a sip of coffee at one of its open air cafes. Not inexpensive but very nice.

    When shopping here, look for Russia's famous confection, Krasny Oktyobr (Red October) Chocolates, at refreshment stands and Russian shops throughout GUM. Be prepared for a taste unlike American, French or English chocolates, as Red October chocolate is usually lighter in weight, darker in color and more bittersweet in taste than its Western cousins.

    Often you can enjoy a free exhibition on the walkways inside GUM. In 2006 there was a nice exhibition I saw showing recreations of many of the engines of war that Leonardo de Vinci created and sketched.

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    GUM - State Universal Department Store

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    GUM - the view from the Red Square
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    From the east party the Red Square is limited with a building of GUM (named Upper trade stores in the early XXth). It was constructed in 1893 under the project of the architect Pomerantsev.

    GUM is the department store familiar to each Russian. The centenary history of the trade enterprise on the Red Square has got to it popularity in Russia and abroad.

    The best people of Russia creating GUM, indeed have created to it great glory, because and today department store is a magnificent monument of the architecture, is harmonic entered in a unified ensemble of the Red Square.

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    GUM Department Store

    by tere1 Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    GUM

    GUM is a huge department store located in the Red Square. It is actually a huge, multi-story mall encompassing over 150 stores and kiosks.

    GUM has a magnificent architecture, cast-iron railings and arched skylights. Here you will find shops selling wares from around the world. You can buy Levis, Estee Lauder and Christian Dior. Some of the best labels and brands are here!

    In GUM you can also find good quality souvenirs like matroishka dolls and khokhloma (lacquered wood) products though they can be more expensive than at the local flea markets.
    Look also for Russia's famous confection, Krasny Oktyobr (Red October) Chocolates, at refreshment stands and Russian shops throughout GUM .

    Most of the shops in GUM are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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    GUM Department Store

    by tini58de Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    GUM

    The GUM (Glavny Universalny Magazin) with its typical Neo-Russian facade takes up almost the entire eastern side of the Red Square. it was built between 1890 and 1893 and combines elements of Russian medieval architecture and an elegant steel framework and glass roof similar to the train stations of Paris and London from that period.

    GUM houses many elegant shops, designer boutiques, souvenir stands and foreign stores on those three levels. For me it was lovely to just stroll around, but all these shops are so expensive, so that I almost considered it a tourist trap. Still it is an experience to see it!

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    GUM department store

    by doug48 Written Jul 18, 2006

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    GUM department store

    this imposing building runs almost the length of red square. designed by aleksandr pomerantsev in 1889 it is moscow's largest department store. the store's name is Gosudarstvennyy Univeralnyy Magazin. it was nationalized in 1921. now it is home to many western firms such as bennetton and christian dior. open 10:00 to 1:00pm closed mondays and fridays.

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    GUM Departmental Store

    by aukahkay Written Jul 6, 2006

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    Interior of GUM
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    The ornate Neo-Russian facade of GUM, Moscow's "State Department Store", takes up almost the entire eastern side of Red Square. The building features an interesting combination of elements of Russian medieval ecclesiastical architecture and an elegant steel framework and glass roof. This modern 3-story arcade is the largest shop in Moscow and one of the most expensive. Light floods in through the building's glass roof and souvenir stands, foreign stores and designer boutiques fill the arcades.
    The prices of the goods are way beyond what the average Russian earns in a month and definitely not the place to buy your souvenirs.

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