The most unusual markets in the world

70 kilometers from the capital of Thailand, Bangkok, there is a market called Meklong. Locals call him "clamshell". The thing is that in 1905 a railway was built here, which went right through the territory of the market. At the same time, traders were in no hurry to part with their retail outlets, therefore, rails and tents have been in the forced neighborhood for more than a hundred years. Several times a day, sellers put their goods aside to allow the train to pass. And then the brisk trade continues.

Another attraction of Thailand is the floating market Damnoen Saduak, which is located in the Ratchaburi province. Translated into Russian, the name of the market means "road without problems". The trade is carried out directly from the boats. Once upon a time, they traded here mainly in fish, but now you can buy almost everything - vegetables, fruits, souvenirs. Locals do not visit Damnoen Saduak often, as prices are much higher here than in other markets. The main clients are tourists who are ready to pay a lot for exotic things.

"Goldfish Market" (Goldfish Market) in Hong Kong simply amazes visitors with an incredible abundance of aquarium fish. There are always a lot of tourists here, despite the fact that the market is called one of the most useless. It is very problematic to take a purchase home thousands of kilometers away.

The Amsterdam Flower Market Bloemenmarkt dates back to the tulip mania of the 17th century. Despite the fact that the fabulous prices for tulip bulbs are in the distant past, the love of the inhabitants of the Netherlands for flowers has survived to this day. The Bloemenmarkt market is one of the city's attractions, it is eagerly visited by tourists, as well as local flower growers. It is not difficult to find a market, the scent of flowers spreads throughout the entire district.

The Grand Bazaar is the largest market in Istanbul. Rather, it can be compared to a small town. On an area of ​​31, 000 square meters, there are more than 60 streets with 4, 000 shops. The construction of the Grand Bazaar began shortly after the conquest of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmed II - in 1453. The daily number of visitors to this giant market reaches half a million people. And here you can buy whatever you want: food, clothes, shoes, carpets, jewelry, antiques.

Market Shilin is located in the capital of Taiwan Province - Taipei City. It is quiet here during the day, and trade is in full swing only at night. Sellers begin to display their goods only in the late afternoon, and the market closes after midnight. The market is famous for its exotic dishes, as well as all kinds of attractions and gambling. Literally at every step, visitors are invited to try to win something.

The largest gold market in the world is located in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). For more than 50 years, gold has been traded here from all over the world, and the prices here are quite low. You can buy gold both retail and wholesale. Buyers of gold items are awarded coupons that entitle them to participate in the lottery. The prizes are very tempting: real estate, cars, motorcycles, gold items. Market visitors do not have to worry about their own safety, since the United Arab Emirates is one of the most peaceful countries on our planet.

For many years in Moscow, right on the ice of the Moskva River, there was a Mushroom or, as it was also called, Lenten Market. It was opened on the first day of Lent. Traders brought to Moscow not only mushrooms, which were in great demand during the post, but also other "vegetarian" products - dried berries, sauerkraut, kvass, jelly. trade was brisk, many Muscovites stocked up here with food for the entire post. After the revolution, trade on the ice of the Moskva River fell into decay and the market was closed.

Another attraction of old Moscow was Khitrov market, which appeared in the city in the twenties of the nineteenth century. It was one of the most criminal areas of Moscow; stolen things were often sold at the Khitrov market. moreover, some Muscovites came here hoping to find what was stolen from them. The market got its name from the name of the owner Nikolai Zakharovich Khitrovo, who acquired possession here in 1824.

Boqueria located in Barcelona may well claim to be the oldest market in the world. The very first information about it dates back to 1217, at that distant time, meat merchants gathered here, and the market itself was located outside the city. Traders' stalls were located directly under the open sky. Only more than seven hundred years later, in 1840, a special building began to be built for the Boqueria market, and the work was completed only six years later. The market now covers an area of ​​over 2, 500 square meters.