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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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  • September 9, 2017
    This is a big market place, there are many stalls selling all kind of products. From clothing, belts, shoes, plates/ bowls, horse riding stuffs, stationary, toys, ..etc. Its like Chatuchak in Bangkok....  more »
  • August 24, 2017
    A very big market. But we were unlucky because we had a shower and went somewhere in an hour to leave. And so totally normal market.
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  • August 2, 2017
    Went here with some sailors and another soldier. I have to say this place is a must see. The prices are good and the variety is good too. I bought a bag and some other things and it was good quality. ...  more »
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  • July 15, 2017
    Every goods are super cheap but no service at all
  • February 2, 2017
    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.
  • April 3, 2017
    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.
  • June 13, 2017
    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.
  • July 5, 2017
    Can buy anything but the place is not so clean

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