Altyn Asyr Bazaar
Oriental Bazaar Altyn Asyr (Turkmen: Altyn Asyr gündogar bazary) is largest market in Turkmenistan, and fifth largest in Central Asia. Located in the outskirts of Ashgabat, in the residential area Choganly, it was built to resemble the shape a Turkmen carpet ornament of Ahal Province. The market covers a vast territory of 154 hectares. At the heart of the bazaar is a tall clock tower, its main landmark. There are 2,155 shops in the market.
It was built in place of the demolished Tolkuchka Bazaar, is a noted extensive market sprawled across the desert suburbs of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, a few kilometres from the centre. It is the largest open air market in Central Asia. It is noted in particular for its sale of large red Turkmen rugs. The market thrives on a Sunday and sells a massive range of goods sale, from Turkmen carpets, handicrafts and silks, jewelry and jeans to laundry soap, plastic bags to bales of rice. It also has a notable camel market.
History and architecture
Oriental Bazaar Altyn Asyr was opened in 2011 with the participation of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The new giant in size market features original architectural solution - a bird's eye view complex looks like a huge carpet pattern. For the convenience of visitors buyers and sellers built hotel, designed in a hundred guests, there is an extensive network of cafes and bistros.
In 2013, the market equipped with telephone equipment and high-speed Internet.
Photos of demolished Tolkuchka Bazaar
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