A bazaar is a market where a multitude of products are for sale and it is common to find it in Eastern and Arab cities.
The bazaars have become true economic outbreaks in these countries. There are permanent bazaars, and others that agglutinate in a timely manner at a certain point in the city enabled for it.
The first grand bazaar is located in Istanbul in the year 1461, it is known as The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. It remains active as it has become a place of reference and has been considered the first major shopping center in the world.
500 years ago it was a place where a thriving business originated. Its area has an area of 45,000 m2, and consists of 64 avenues, numerous streets to travel and 14 courtyards with almost 4,000 stores.
The businesses that sell their products in this huge bazaar are structured by the guilds to which they correspond, and the streets in which they are located are baptized with the name of the guild that is in them.
What sells in a bazaar?
In a bazaar you can find all kinds of products: watches, ceramics, fabrics, clothes.
In these commercial points, typical and traditional products of the localities in which they are located are usually sold.
Their prices are usually more affordable than those that usually exist in the market. It is one of the reasons for the huge visits they receive regularly from tourists and locals. In fact, they have become a great tourist attraction.
There are specific bazaars that sell certain products such as everything related to crafts, and also the authors themselves actively participate to promote themselves and advertise their own work.
They alternate in the market the permanent bazaars, that are usually huge markets where there is a great variety of products, and the eventual ones that can be installed during a certain time, and their size is usually smaller.
The eastern bazaars
In the East the bazaars originated as we know them. They are prominent places, and with great relevance in Asian countries as they are economic centers of great importance.
They are a great claim for tourists, and for the residents themselves as local products are sold with great demand for both types of consumers. In fact, there are scheduled trips that include a must-visit to these places when visiting the country of origin in which they are located.
The most prominent and recognized bazaars are the following: the Grand Bazaar of Turkey, known as the origin and model of the rest of the bazaars; the Tabriz bazaar in Iran, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO; Kashgar’s bazaar in China that has 75,000 stalls; Damnoen Saduak’s floating market in Thailand, where products were originally bought and sold in the boats themselves, which resulted in floating markets like this; and the market of Marrakech in Morocco, one of the best known worldwide, and some claim that it is a real cradle of bargaining. In it you can find all kinds of products, especially jewelry, ceramics, jewelry, among other items.
In the West it is more complicated to find these types of markets, since they are typical of Arab and Asian countries.