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Ust-Kamenogorsk is currently known as Oskemen and is the capital of East Kazakhstan province. This city was founded as a Russian fort in 1790s and it went on to become the hub of trade with Mongolia and China in later years. It was also the access to mineral wealth present in the Rudny Altay Mountains. Its ancient monuments and several other attractions, attract tourists who have a hunger for exploring new places and experiencing new cultures. There are also several shopping options available to tourists in Ust-Kamenogorsk. Most of the malls in Ust-Kamenogorsk (Oskemen) are very much like antique malls with several vendors with small booths selling variety of items. Ust-Kamenogorsk also has some upscale malls which sell fashionable items. Given below are some details on Ust-Kamenogorsk shopping.
Situated close to the center of the city and near Shiny Hotel, which is one of the most modern hotels in Kazakhstan, is Daniel’s market where you can find all items from grocery to clothing to electronic gadgets and computer-related items under one roof. There is also a currency exchange center where you can exchange U.S. dollars for the local currency, Tenge. Make sure you check out the entire merchandise before to start shopping and some of the items here might be more expensive than at other places.
Situated just a stone's throw from the center of the city is the Chinese Bazaar. The bazaar has lots to offer several small booths and stores offering a wide variety of items. Do not be afraid to look around and explore the place. If you spot something that you would like to buy, do not hesitate to negotiate for a better price. Be warned, not everyone might welcome you with a warm smile, but as long as you do not offend them, they mean no harm.
The Green Bazaar is the right place for you to buy souvenirs for you loved ones back at home. This is one of the largest bazaars present in Ust-Kamenogorsk (Oskemen). Other than shopping, the Green Bazaar also has some of the best places to try out the local Kazakhstan delicacies like kumis, kazy and dried yoghurt balls. If you are a vegan or a vegetarian then Kazakhstan cuisine is not for you, as it mostly consists of meat dishes. Some of the good buys for souvenirs include whips, Kazakhstan’s famous slippers and phallic kumis containers.