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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

My Istanbul Winter Trip: The Grand Bazaar

Sapa x kenal Grand Bazaar kan? I think if u go to Istanbul, Grand Bazaar (GB) is a must place to visit. I went there not to buy things bit just to explore the place. Lagipon, x naklah org cakap, sampai ke Istanbul tp x masok GB kan...malulah kawan...he..he... Tp, for shopaholics  memang sangat rambang mata di sini. U will ger whatever u want in Istanbul here. everything is under one roof.

IMO, The GB is too touristy and therefore, the prices of goods are high. U can bargain but they don't really lower the prices... u can get the same items outside at cheaper prices actually.  Tp, i still bought something at GB. Just for the sentimental value...

HOW TO GET TO THE GB FROM SULTANAHMET: Hop on the tram to the direction of the airport and stop at Beyazit. Once u're already out of the tram, u will see the sign to the GB which is just across the road. Since GB is huge, u can even stop at Cemberlitas tram stop. Price: sama ja 1.95TL per trip.

The GB is opened everyday except SUNDAY. The business hours are: 8.30am to 7pm.

Nothing much to tell here and i didn't really take a lot of photos too.. So, just enjoy apa yg ada ajalah ya...:)

The weather was so nice today... This was taken on the same day as the day i went to Topkapi. It was about
12 degree celcius, just nice... the time? couldn't remember the exact time but it was about 3.45pm mcm tu la kot...

The tram station (Beyazit)


Sekitar Beyazit Tram Station. Plenty of restaurants here.

This way to Gedikpasa (tempat org try Turkish Bath). 
We skipped the Turkish Bath (x sanggop den) and headed to
Kapali Carsi...:)

Cuba teka apa ni? This is what u calld baklava. Sweet savory with
different flavors. I don't really like it as it is sticky
and too sweet. I like sweet food but this one is sweet n
it has some kind of spices which i don't fancy. 
Seberang jalan dulu...

GB has many entrances. We really marked the entrance so that we
would come out at the same entrance. 
 Jom tengok apa ada dalam GB...

T-shirts and all sorts of souvenirs.
Ceramics
Ni pon souvenirs jugak.. belah sana ada kedai karpet.
This atok reminds me of my own atok. Umur pon lebih kurang.
Guess how old is he?

What did i buy at the Grand Bazaar? I bought fridge magnets, bangles, t-shirts, key chains, spinning tops...etc, etc... What else?

This sweater was bought outside GB. A Romanian lady
sells them. Ada mcm2 corak. 10TL each. We bought
this one and the diamond shape one. Mur2 kan?

I didn't buy this at GB. On our way back to the hotel, we would pass
the Arasta Bazaar. 1 mangkuk 5TL@RM9, i bought 7+3 + 1 big plate =
RM100 mcm tu la..ke RM130, lupa sudah.... Katanya handmade,
tp x taulah betul ke idak...
Gmbar besar sket...

100% silk scarf, made in Bursa, 30TL... Entah2 kat Bursa lagik murah,
since made in Bursa. I didn't dare to ask the price at Bursa, takut
menyesal..ha..ha.. What i don't know won't hurt me, right?

Oklah, itu aja from the Grand Bazaar. After GB, we went to the Blue Mosque....Babai...

15 comments:

  1. watpo nak malunyer, kami yang belum sampai instanbul lagi malu nih, hehe...banyak betul barang boleh beli, terperasan dalam gambar ada tshirt hard rock cafe instanbul maybe, kalau sini murah, boleh tibai sini jer untuk rakan sebaya. kawan-kawan pirate sudah ler, untuk diri sendiri baru beli yang ori :)

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    1. Hi orga! I don't think Istanbul ada HRC. Kalau yg t-shirt2 hrc tipu tu harga 10TL rasanya... atau ada org blh tawar lagi, blhlah dpt murah lagik kot..;)We all belik yg design lain. Quality ok, basuk x turun..x senang crumple...

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  2. salam Farik..nekcik hari tu bnayak membeli kat spice market..dapatlah murah sikit!

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    1. Salam nekcik, saya x p spice market. x ada apa nak beli, so i just skipped the market and went somewhere else...;)

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  3. hi,
    haritu saya pun shopping kat arasta bazaar ni.. tapi penipu weii..1st day kami kena tipu bulat2. last day, barang yg sama kitaorang beli kedai yg sama.. harga dia lebih drp separuh...bertabah jer la..

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    1. memang, kalau x kena tipu memang x sah kan..? ha..ha..samalah kite...i'm not talking about istanbul per se, i'm talking about shopping while travelling in general. I always avoid shopping when travelling tp kalau dah ke Beijing, Bandung, Langkawi, etc..who can resist the temptation? I bet no one can..he..he...

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  4. I like baklava so much. That's my favorite :).

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    1. La..iya ka? i guess we have different perception of this cuisine..he..he...

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  5. Salam dear,
    Saya pegi ke grand bazaar tu 3x masa kat sana, sebab suka tengok barang2 & gelagat penjual2 tu.. Depa kalau tau kita orang Malaysia, dan2 terus cakap, Kuala Lumpur, mari2, murah2.. tengok dulu.. hahaha.. funny!

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    1. Haah, memang..very scripted sngt dialog mereka....ha..ha...now that u've mentioned it, i baru perasan...

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  6. melurut ayaq liuq bace n nengok. tu tak tgk kwn2 instagram lgi tuh.. cantik2 tmpt nye.. agak2 berapa la bajet nye ni kan? adehhhhhhhhhhh!

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    1. saya p sendiri FM..x pakai pakej2..so, oklah pakejnya..mampu milik...:)

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  8. grand bazaar ni sangat besar dan barang2 yg dijual mahal.Waktu saya pergi dulu saya tak beli apa2 pun di luar bazaar ada orang jual jaket dengan hrg 50usd, kami jalan terus, tak nak layan, dia terus ikut kami sambil turunkan harga 40 usd, 30usd , 20 usd dan akhirnya 10usd lalu kami pun berpaling terus beli. Masa tu 1usd = 2.5rm.

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    1. Memang pon... too touristy! I guess bukan GB aja yg mcm ni, mana2 tmpt tarikan ramai pelancong memang mereka akan naik harga

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