Sunday, 7 October 2012

It's a Black Market

Well in fact it's kind of colourful and it's not a black market as in black economy, it's just known as the  black market or Naran Tuul.

"Naran Tuul Market, east of the 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."

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We went mostly because we have become a bit tired of washing the 2 plates we had and everywhere else wanted either silly money or only had seriously flowery crockery.
I also needed a deel, a traditional coat, so I had something to wear on Mongolian day in a couple of weeks. I ended up not buying one of the long traditional coats - though I may yet - they look damned warm and instead bought a suede jacket. 

We also bought the plates bowls and a carpet all for under £40.

It is a fascinating place to wander around but we have a rule, in early and out before 1:00pm. It gets really busy in the afternoons. That's when the pick pockets and bag slashers are reported to have a field day. It also means that almost everyone is sobber - something that again reportedly is not the case for later in the day.
There are outdoor sections and indoor sections - you can buy just about anything here.

Traditional wooden saddle anyone? You can buy them in just about any state of manufacture from the rough cut bare wood to finished with leather and silver buckles.

Then on the way out we stumbled across an outdoor pool hall where the police played alongside the men in cowboy hats 

Ok now for the Chinese Market.

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