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Naran Tuul Market, Ulaanbaatar

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Browse through stands with traditional pointed boots, caps, furs, and spices at Naran Tuul Market, Ulaanbaatar’s open-air market for clothes and accessories in the east part of town. You can get some traditional jackets, handcrafted footwear, Soviet coins, cashmere, and saddles, as well as browsing through the carpet section in the closed part of the market. Also known as the "Black Market," many nomads come here to trade material supplies. Immerse yourself in a real, down-to-earth Mongolian experience, but beware of pickpockets. You can bring home some distinctive memorabilia from this market located some 40 minutes by foot from the city center. Put Naran Tuul Market on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Ulaanbaatar road trip planning tool .
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  • Mongolia saw yak socks around here is more attractions deserve, if you can afford to owe it to almost half the price on the market .... Doll emo cashmere products, such as matting material bags hold a wide range of wave you don't lightly even dairy products good enough shopping toilet is what you should use instead of my money from the building and Kleenex!
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  • We visited here on Sunday, I advice that its better to not go on Sunday. Its was very crowded. Anyway we could find what we look for. Every thing is cheaper, but of course not good quality. And beware...  more »
  • Just because I was told not to go, we had to go. We went on a day tour and on the way back, I inquired as to the safety of the Black Market and the guide said it is a den for thieves where locals prey...  more »
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  • Every goods are super cheap but no service at all
  • Well worth a visit when you're in UB - it gives you a good insight into the life here when you see the items that are for sale and the importance of different things. You'll hear lots of warnings about petty theft at the markets before you go but they're as safe as any other large bazaars. Just be sensible and it should be fine.
  • Is interesting to visit if you have never been to an outdoor bazaar but there is not much there for tourists. It is commonly referred to as the Black Market in English from the communist days but there is nothing illegal about it (except that you don't usually get a receipt for your goods) Prices are a bit better but for clothing and such you need to wash them well as they have absorbed a lot of dirt and dust from the air pollution and need to be washed well before using.
  • This was described to me as a "black market". However, after searching through it for over an hour I was unable to locate a single machine gun dealer. What kind of Mongolian black market lacks a single machine gun dealer!? Plenty of knives but no guns. Sad! Otherwise, worth the visit.
  • Can buy anything but the place is not so clean

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The capital city of Ulaanbaatar doesn't disappoint when it comes to its choice of accommodations, with a range of styles and types to choose from. The usual place to look lies to the northeast of the main train station, in the central district that surrounds Chinggis Khaan Square. Luxury and non-luxury chain hotels, some storied older hotels, and a variety of fairly standard options abound across this central district, close to the main urban attractions. Dotted throughout are a number of guesthouses, providing value for money mid-range and budget options, including some offering shared "gers" (traditional Mongolian sleeping tents).
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