Sunday, June 02, 2013

At Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

According to Wikipedia, the Grand Bazaar, located in the District of Fatih in Istanbul, is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. It is a famous place for tourist to buy gold, carpets, furniture, and leather goods.

the gate of Kapalıçarşı, pronounced as [kap-uh-lah-char-shuh] which means "covered bazaar", near the Nuruosmaniye Mosque..

this place attracts around 250,000 to 400,000 visitors daily..

I have been to the Grand Bazaar three times. I visited it twice in 2011 and once again last week. My parent-in-law live in the District of Bağcılar. To go to the Grand Bazaar, it takes almost 1 hour tram ride from Bağcılar Merkez to Sirkeci (Grand Bazaar) station, using the Bağcılar-Kabataş Line T1.

with one of the 17th Century kiosks and shoppers in the background, taken May 13, 2013..

leather bags and belt..

a display of colorful lamps and lantern..

different kinds of Istanbul souvenir..

My first impression of the Grand Bazaar was not good because my brother-in-law took me and my then 2 and a half year old daughter there in a very cold weather. Plus,  daughter was crying, exhausted with the traffic and too much walking. On the other hand, my second visit was better with hubby and I alone. We toured the place then bought some cheap souvenirs before heading home.

thick and heavy gold bracelets in various design..

gold jewelry fit for a sultanah..

On my third visit, hubby and I checked each gold store, looking for a nice set of jewelry that we can afford. We found ourselves, together with a crowd of foreign shoppers, eyes sparkling in the sight gold coins, gold bars, and diamond accessories. Walking at the cafe and tea shop section, I remember asking hubby if we could go to a bar with a belly-dancing performer and not some jazz musician with a cool baritone sax at wwbw that night.

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  1. I'd love to see the place!!! but I bet all the items are expensive. hahaha

    1. No, not all items are expensive. They were scarves, bags, plates, and other souvenirs within a reasonable price. You may bargain for a lower price too! :)

  2. Liking all the trinkets, so pretty!

  3. Is gold cheaper there in Istanbul?
    Can you pronounce "Kapalıçarşı"? Haha I don't have the slightest idea how this word is said.

    1. Kapalıçarşı [kap-uh-lah-char-shuh].

      ı is uh
      ç is ch
      ş is sh

      Thanks for asking. I edited my post for you.

      And yeah, gold is cheaper in Turkey! Way cheaper than here!! :)

  4. I love going to bazaar and tiangge and when I saw those bags and gold at your photos, my heart skipped for a second hehe.. drooling on those gold jewelries !

  5. The bazaar look to be the best place to buy souvenir in Istanbul and have a wide arrat to choose from for regular purchases.

  6. Wow, Istanbul! This place is great for shopping.

  7. Wow! One of my dream is to travel Europe and of course Istanbul is one of my 'must-visit-country' to include in my trip to Europe itinerary. Nice photos you got there!

  8. Wow! I'd love to visit the Grand Bazaar too given the opportunity in the future. It seems like a really good destination for shopping! The sight of those leather bags and jewelries make my eyes go *v*


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