The most unusual markets in the world


Posted on Jul 20, 2021      18


70 kilometers from the Thai capital Bangkok is a market called Meklong. The locals call it “cot”. The thing is that in 1905 there was laid a railroad, which went straight through the market. The traders were in no hurry to part with their outlets, so the rails and tents have been in a forced neighborhood for over a century. Several times a day, vendors remove their goods to the side to allow the railroad train to pass. And then the lively trade continues.

Another attraction in Thailand is the Damnoen Saduak floating market, which is located in Ratchaburi Province. Trade is conducted directly from the boats. Once here traded mainly fish, but now you can buy almost everything - vegetables, fruits, souvenirs. Locals do not frequent Damnoen Saduak, because the prices here are much higher than in other markets. The main customers - tourists who are willing to pay significantly more for the exotic.

“The Goldfish Market" in Hong Kong delights visitors with its incredible abundance of aquarium fish. There are always lots of tourists here, although the market is called one of the most useless. Taking the purchase home for thousands of kilometers is very problematic.

Amsterdam Flower Market Bloemenmarkt appeared in the era of “tulip mania” of the XVII century. Although the fabulous prices of tulip bulbs are in the past, the love of the Dutch people to flowers has been preserved to this day. The Bloemenmarkt market is one highlight of the city and is eagerly visited by tourists and local florists. Finding the market is easy, the fragrance of flowers spreads throughout the area.

The Grand Bazaar is the largest market in Istanbul. It can rather be compared to a small city. In an area of 31,000 square meters, there are over 60 streets and in them, 4,000 stores. The construction of the Grand Bazaar began soon after the conquest of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmed II in 1453. The daily number of visitors to this giant market reaches half a million people. Here you can buy everything you want: food, clothes, shoes, carpets, jewelry, antiques.

The Shilin Market is located in Taipei, the provincial capital of Taiwan. The day time is quiet, and the trade is boiling only in the night time. Sellers begin to lay out their goods only in the evening, and the market closes after midnight. The market is famous for its exotic food, as well as many attractions and gambling. Literally at every step, visitors are offered to try to win something.

The largest gold market in the world is located in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). For more than 50 years, gold from all over the world is sold here and the prices are quite low. It is possible to buy gold, both retail and wholesale. Buyers of gold jewelry are given coupons, which entitle them to take part in the lottery. The prizes are very tempting: real estate, cars, motorcycles, and gold jewelry. Visitors to the market can not worry about their own safety, as the United Arab Emirates is one of the most peaceful states of our planet.

The title of the oldest market in the world may well lay claim to the Boquería, in Barcelona. The earliest information about it dates back to 1217 meat traders gathered here, and the market was located outside the city. Right under the open sky there were stalls of traders. Only after over 700 years, in 1840, they built a special building for the Boquería market, and the work was completed only six years later. Now the market occupies an area of over 2,500 square meters.


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