Ashgabat Turkmenistan Shopping
If you are planning a trip to Turkmenistan, formerly known as the "Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic" in the USSR, Ashgabat is always a place to go when planning. It is located at the foot of the Kopet Dag Mountains, which forms the border with Iran.
This is one of the best places to meet people and recap your experiences exploring Ashgabat and its shopping and dining options. Here, locals go out and buy food, clothing, souvenirs and other items at the local market.
Be careful when taking photos in the market, as not everything can be photographed and it is illegal to photograph sensitive places such as the Terkinsky Bazaar. Also, be careful when taking pictures, because not only is it forbidden to take pictures of the huge presidential palace in this city, but also to take pictures of the markets. Although there is no official ban on public gatherings, the authorities in Ashgabat have disabled some of them, including some markets, restaurants and other public places, to prevent crowds. The Independence Monument is also a great place, a must-see - a destination for wedding photos (you will often see wedding parties there).
Shoppers in Turkmenistan have complained that state-run grocery stores have informally adopted rules that make it difficult for them to endure the country's ongoing economic malaise. Even the unwanted mandatory supplements have been recognized, because food in state grocery stores costs more than twice as much as their private-sector counterparts, even with these unwanted but mandatory supplements. But even the unwelcome, if mandatory, addition has been recognized that the food stuffed in the state's grocery store costs less than its local counterparts - market stalls.
Turkmenistan is not an obvious shopping destination, but luxury goods like caviar cost only a fraction of what they cost in Europe, although there are a few things worth buying that don't exist, and even if they do, you can still find bargains. I traveled to the capital, Ashgabat, a pristine white marble building that consists of a state-run grocery store and a private-sector market stall.
In the middle of the complex is a 60 m high clock tower, which will help you to orientate yourself if you get lost in this huge bazaar. Even if you don't feel like shopping, walking around these bazaars is a pleasure, and even if open markets and bazaars are not your thing, you can always visit the Yimpash Shopping Center on Turkmenbashi Avenue. Located in the centre of the city, this covered bazaar is the place where you can buy almost everything you need for your daily life.
Also nearby is the Alty Asyr shopping centre, which is one of the best places to buy tracksuits, towels and bed linen made from local cotton. Our online shop in Ashgabat Market offers a wide range of clothing, accessories and accessories for men and women as well as clothing for children.
The most notable items on sale in Tolkuchka, however, are hand-woven Turkmenistan rugs, known throughout the world for their beauty and craftsmanship. The best exhibit in the museum is the "Turkmen Carpet" - one of the largest hand-woven rugs in the world, representing all Turkmanistan's tribes.
A special highlight in Ashgabat is the Tolkuchka Bazaar, which is considered one of the largest shopping centers in Turkmenistan and the second largest in the world. A special attraction in the main shopping centre of the city, the Ertugrul Gazi Mosque (also called Artogril - Gazy Mosque) is a mosque built in honour of Osman I, the father and founder of the Ottoman Empire. The mosque was inaugurated in 1998 and is now an all-white, marbled building reminiscent of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. It has stained glass windows and a white marble dome with red - and blue - livery, similar to the Blue Mosque of Istanbul where it was built.
Shoppers in Turkmenistan have complained that state-run grocery stores have informally adopted rules that make it difficult for them to endure the country's ongoing economic malaise. However, it has now become an unwritten rule that state shops no longer sell clothes alone.
Recently, several shoppers in the capital Ashgabat told RFE / RL that shopkeepers in state-run shops would not allow them to buy vegetable oil with cartons of fruit juice. In Turkmenistan's second-largest city, Tashkent, a few hours north of the capital, Ash Gharbagh, several shoppers recently told rFE / RL in and around the capital, AshgABat, that the shopkeeper of a state-run store would not allow them to buy vegetable oil without a carton of fruit and juices. A few months earlier, they were left without vegetables and oil from cardboard boxes filled with fruit juice in the same shopping mall in the third-largest city of Dushanbe, the Center for Economic and Social Research said.
In another report, Sapar, a father of eight, said he and his elderly mother had waited for hours for the goods. The order had been sent from the country's second-largest city, Dushanbe, about 100 kilometers (100 miles) north of Ashgabat, and he said in the report that they spent "long hours" in a state-run shop in Tashkent while waiting for their arrival.