Since the beginning of the settlement here, commerce was heavily practiced and bazaars were filled with all kinds of items, buyers and sellers from everywhere.
At the heart of every city in Central Asia, one can find a vibrant commercial hub that is the forerunner of today’s shopping malls—the bazaars, reminders of glorious and long history of those cities .
Originally attached to a mosque complex, the bazars continue to function as it has for hundreds of years providing a wide array of products and services arranged in a manner much different from what people are used to in the west.
Products are arranged in markets so that all the sellers of a particular item are conveniently located in one area. Visiting Bazaars, particularly gives you a unique chance to meet eastern culture in its naked self, as bazaars apart from being important commercial places, they also are essential part of social life of Central Asian people.
Bazaars of the orient have very specific attributes of their own. Bargaining is an essential part of the bazaar! The negotiating of a price is lengthy and involves manners as well as dramatic skills to get the best price. Another interesting characteristic is that you will notice how friendly people in bazaars are.
Even Sellers of same commodities do not see themselves as competitors, but as members of a commercial community and usually come together to manage their trade. And today, although lots of modern markets are being built, the essence of the traditional bazaars never lost its reputation!
Chorsu bazar is probably Central Asia`s the most famous market, topped by a giant turquoise dome, located between the modern and the old city of Tashkent. It is a wonderful place to discover the local life.
It is amazing to stroll about the bazaar alone, or with the friends, either bargaining with the shopkeepers, or sitting on the thresholds and looking at the labors of the artisans, or watching the trade that is going on.
Under the huge turquoise cupola you will see continuous stalls where the best farmers of Uzbekistan sell their fresh products. The atmosphere of the whole bazaar is covered by aromas and flavors of herbs & spices.
You will be amazed by the abundance and variety of the fresh fruits and vegetables. During the summer season there are mountains of tasty watermelons and melons. The atmosphere of the whole bazaar is covered by aromas and flavors of herbs & spices.
Like any other oriental city, Samarkand has also its famous, unique and amazing bazaar, known as Siyob Bazaar. This historic site is located between the mosque of Bibi Khanum complex and Shokhi Zinda, 10 minutes’ walk from the Registan Square.
Siyab is the best place to meet locals and share a little bit of their life. People still wears old fashion clothes such as turban or uzbek hat. It is an excellent spot for photographers. You could find delicious watermelons, rainbow's colored spices and all the kind of tasty vegetables.
By Dilshod Eshmurodov