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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. Use our Ulaanbaatar travel itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Naran Tuul Market and other attractions in Ulaanbaatar.
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  • If you need to purchase items before a trek in Mongolia, it is there that we must go! And if you don't need it, go anyway: this market is a concentrate of Mongolian culture, both by its atmosphere than by items sold! Not to be missed! Note, prepare the sign language, because most of the sellers only speak Mongolian. Also, pay attention to your business, and come with the least possible valuables, because there are pickpockets, and the aisles narrow and overloaded are conducive to their activities.
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  • Massive market that is well organised. Not many touts, which is refreshing. The market is arranged in precincts of similar gear, like groceries, leather , hats , fishing equipment and clothing. The fi...  more »
  • Prepare for the unexpected when you enter the Naran Tuul Market. Gone are the days when you could pick up a used AK-47 at a reasonable price, but it is still an amazing place. Whether you are buying g...  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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