Panshanbe Market, Khujand, Feb. 25, 2012
Our first independent expedition into one of the best-stocked markets in Central Asia (according to Lonely Planet) was Saturday. We had a few goals – find some plastic serving trays that were not too ugly, get a small plastic stool so I could sit down in the shower, find a plastic cup that even I can’t break for the bathroom, and to take photos. We were successful except for the plastic cup. In a land of plastic items from China, it is difficult to find cups and glasses that are not china or glass. What surprised me the most, however, is that we could walk through the market without any merchants accosting us. It is difficult to walk through the market because the aisles are narrow and, at least on a Saturday afternoon, throngs of people are out shopping. But the merchants leave you alone unless you ask them about their products.
David was taking most of the photos, and the photos on this post are his, unless otherwise notes.
The pink market with arches and domes was built in 1954 on a large square.
The first floor of the large hall is mostly food items.
The inside terraces that line the hall are filled with clothes, jewelry, electrical supplies, toys, cosmetics, towels and sheets, and most anything you could find in a department store. It is here that you have the most difficult time moving forward and staying with your companions, through the dense crowd.
The market spills outside the building.