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The State Department Store

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The State Department Store

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geelongexpat wrote a review Feb 2020
Chatan-cho, Japan1,030 contributions359 helpful votes
There’s a bit for everyone here. A large supermarket on the ground floor. Money exchange and beauty products too. Clothes for all occasions. Souvenirs as well. There’s everyday items like electronics, furniture and kitchenware. A book shop and a food court. It was busy with locals and expats whenever I was there.
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Date of experience: January 2020
dnaleciz wrote a review Dec 2019
Moreno Valley, California183 contributions115 helpful votes
If you visit Mongolia you must go to the State Department Store to shop. The store was opened in 1921 as a store based on the concept of GUM (The Soviet version of a State Department Store located in Moscow). Over the decades, the Mongolian version attempted to operated as a model retail enterprise for consumers throughout Mongolia regardless of class, gender, and ethnicity. This concept continued from 1921 until 1991, when Mongolia finally broke free of Soviet control. A new era emerged for the Mongolian State Department Store. Commercialism. Today, The State Department Store, known as ikh delguur (big shop), is a modern shopping center that's the largest and reportedly the most luxurious store in Mongolia. It has become a local institution and a tourist attraction in itself. Here the best products from around the world are on displayed in this 7 story building. The store features a variety of world top international brands and local products such as cashmere and camel leather clothing. You'll also find a number of services like goldsmiths, jewelry shops, seamstresses, beauty parlors, laundries and dry cleaning shops (first floor). Quality cashmere clothing (2nd floor), Clothing (3rd floor): Erdenet carpets and Children's toys (4th floor); electronics and home appliances (5th floor) and a wide range of souvenirs, traditional clothing and books about Mongolia (6th floor). It is reported that the souvenir department has in excess of half million different items on display. There is a diverse and affordable food court, serving Asian and Mongolian cuisine located on the 7th floor. Excellent food. Several fast food shops (Pizza Hut, Burger King and a Coffee and pastry shop are located on the first floor as well as modern supermarket. It should be noted that most of the staff speak some English and will attempt to assist with your purchases. However when you get to the 6th floor, the sales staff comes across with I don't want to be bothered with you attitude. During my several visits to this Store in November 2019 the entire store was decked out in Christmas decorations and there is a large Christmas tree in front of the store. This is a must visit site to purchase different items and observe a remarkable store. To see the entire store from 1st floor to the 7th floor, I suggest spending 3-4 hours. It is a great experience.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Global768312 wrote a review Nov 2019
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia37 contributions29 helpful votes
I finally visited the State Department Store. It has 5 floors, the first floor is groceries. I did not check it out this time, but it looked huge, so probably has stuff you can't get in the smaller stores. The other floors have clothes, shoes, housewares, electronics, everything you expect from a department store. They have cashmere stuff, but for the really high quality go to the Gobi store. If you just want something cashmere and of ok quality you can buy scarves and other things there that are much less expensive. The top floor has the souvenirs. They have a ton of stuff, I got sensory shutdown trying to see it all. I will have to go back to get some more things. You can buy very small portable souvenirs like spoons, key chains magnets, etc. Medium size things like dolls and mugs.Then they have a big leather section, Mongolia has superior leather goods. They have a lot of slippers in leather, but I wanted felt slippers. They had some but not nearly as many as the leather ones. I ended up buying my slippers from a different store which I have also reviewed. They have a lovely section of furs, traditional Mongol and Russian fur hats etc. Not cheap! They have some traditional jewelry and clothing, hand painted leather pictures, Chinggis Khaan is a well used motif in souvenirs. I will go back and look for specific things next time as I was so overwhelmed I forgot a few things. An all-inclusive store for one-stop-shopping if you don't have much time, or don't want to shop at multiple stores.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Justbackandlovedit wrote a review Oct 2019
Dublin, Ireland218 contributions186 helpful votes
There is a great selection of Mongolian produce on display and this place is a real one stop shop where all essentials (and luxuries) can be picked up. The supermarket has a great selection of produce - we found it perfect for Mongolian chocolate and sweets. Most of a floor was given over to a good range of reasonably priced cashmere and there is also a floor given over to Mongolian souvenirs. I'd say this is an essential spot to visit if your time in Mongolia is limited and you want to obtain some keepsakes.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Raintree_Thailand wrote a review Oct 2019
Bangkok, Thailand2,802 contributions1,239 helpful votes
You can find pretty much anything you want or need at the huge State Department Store on Peace Avenue. The sixth floor is the place to head for incredible selection of Mongolian handicrafts, arts, and other products. Second floor is cashmere center. Most prices are fixed, but I've found that if you are buying something a bit more expensive and you talk respectfully to the sales clerks, you might get a discount. There is an excellent grocery store on the ground floor in the back, with huge selection.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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