Mount Hagen Market
Mount Hagen Market
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Appalachi W
Asheville, NC33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015
What a one of a kind experience!! Such unique veggies and fruits for sale, although be careful to sample unwashed fruits! My traveling companion got very ill with ecoli after a taste of raw cut fruit! Otherwise the beautiful people here are a treasure! I feel so connected to them maybe from ancient lifetimes ago.
Written November 17, 2016
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perryrl
Deville, LA31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Mt. Hagen Market shopping was very unique, delightful, yet nerve wracking. Marketing Ladies and people were very friendly, as most all of PNG is, by the way. I'm happy to have been able to purchase some very nice clothes for family and some memorabilia for future reference. Thanks for the friendly service, Mt. Hagen Market. RPerry.
Written October 11, 2016
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vincentParisFrance
Paris France214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
I organised my stay for the Mount Hagen show (august 2016) through Paiya tours - no complain : Pym is very responsive through mails, was at the airport to meet me and other clients as scheduled. He is a very nice person and manage well his business which is busy during the festival week-end. I stayed at Pym's lodge in town (traveller's lodge) : simple but clean and close to the Hagen show site. Food was good and staff very nice. Mount Hagen show is much more touristic (for PNG standarts !) than the festivals in the Sepik and I recommand to spend some time outside the show compound to look at the groups preparing for the show and local people (who cannot enter the compound before the last afternoon) watching them ...much more fun than in the compound itself. I recommand also the mini Paiya show on friday in Paiya village (Pym's family village) which gives the opportunity to have a closer look to some of the groups which will be on the show the next day in a beautiful rural environment.
Written August 27, 2016
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Redfoot
Sun City, AZ388 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
We were advised to watch our pockets, and in the market itself we were ok. But we stopped nearby at the Best Buy supermarket for an ice cream, and a local man picked the pocket of an accompanying friend and stole his cell phone. The thief was adept, and my friend did not feel his pocket being picked, but the perp was spotted by local security and tackled, so the phone was retrieved. I advise you to avoid these places, but if you go, take nothing of value with you.
Written June 8, 2017
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andyherrity
Riverside, CA338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Business
I had business in Port Moresby and decided to fly to Goroka and see the highlands. A friend suggested the Mount Hagen Market and it turned out to be great tip. There were men with spears and colorful paint all over who looked scary but turned out to be friendly. Lots of men's button-up-the front colorful shirts for sale at great prices, so I bought one. Great Experience!
Written May 28, 2016
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Adam B
Kainantu, Papua New Guinea17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
If you are in Mt Hagen, it is worth a trip to the main market. It is a huge market with just about every kind of produce that you can buy in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. The main things for sale are all sorts of garden produce, live chickens, tobacco, women's clothing, and bilums (string bags). This is some of the best produce that you can get in all of Papua New Guinea.

If you have been in Papua New Guinea for a while, you should be fine going to the market on your own. If you are just visiting Papua New Guinea and don't know Tok Pisin, it would be good to go with a guide or a trusted local or friend who can help you. Mt Hagen is known as a place for pickpockets and it has rightfully earned this reputation. Keep your wallet in a safe place and have small bills ready to pay with (i.e. don't take out a big wad of cash when you pay for things). I kept my wallet in my front pocket, and I was glad I did as I felt a man grab my back pocket while passing me in a very crowded area just outside the market. Although there are a lot of pickpockets, there are few people that will seek to do actual harm to a foreigner, and in that respect you should be relatively safe. Many Highlanders look a little scary to foreigners, and they often stare at foreigners, but don't let that intimidate you. Most of them are very friendly and extremely hospitable. Just don't wear any expensive jewelry or carry a large camera or do other things that will call attention to yourself. Don't carry a lot of cash either.

The outside of the market is very dirty as most towns in PNG have not made trash collection a priority. Usually they just collect it into large piles and occasionally burn some of it. So be ready to see lots of trash.

The Hagen Club right outside the market is a great place to eat. The restaurant is open to the public, and it has one of the best hamburgers in all of Papua New Guinea. The Nasi Goreng is good too. You just have to go up to the metal gate and they will open it for you if you have a car. Or just walk up to it and knock.

I have gone on my own, with my wife and three young children, and with my parents, sister, and niece visiting from overseas. We live in Papua New Guinea and work in the next province over (Enga).
Written January 16, 2014
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Dave C
Seattle, WA292 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017
We always enjoy visiting markets, it gives you a fleeting view into the lives of people, which are very different from our own. This market is especially large and offers a large variety of goods. The thing that struck me was how proud the people were of their products. We obviously were not going to buy any live chickens but the vendor had to show us how good his chickens were!
Written February 12, 2018
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stzw77
Lae, Papua New Guinea157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Friends
Visiting Papua New Guinea is not complete without visiting the famous markets.

Mt. Hagen Market is one of the bigger ones and offers fresh fruits, vegetables, handcrafted good like bilums and much more.

Try to chat with the locals. This is a really nice experience and sometimes you will receive some extra portion od veggies or fruits for free.

Do not expect to pay via credit card or that they are able to change 100 or 50 Kina notes.

Prepare yourself with some coins and 2 and 5 Kina notes.

While it is inappropriate to bargain for veggies and fruits it is worth to ask for a "second price" for a bilum or highlands hat.

Be aware of pickpocketing and secure your valuables well.

If you go buy car, organize a security for the car too.
Written April 25, 2017
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GillH007_12
Leominster, UK332 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
If in Mount Hagen, a trip around the market is a must. You will see all sorts of wonderful fruit and vegetables, as well as live stock. They even sell cooked or uncooked eggs! Everyone will want to shake hands with you and exchange a few words with you. A very interesting place to see how the locals purchase and sell their goodies. Some of the displays were excellent. I especially liked the way that they wove strawberries together.
Written March 29, 2017
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Dyros
Brisbane Region, Australia78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
Shop with a friend who knows the area and perhaps some of the language. The markets are a daily/weekly experience for most local people. The wide variety of fresh produce is beautifully displayed and an excellent price. You are able to purchase locally made meri blouses and bilams as well as experience the high level sensory experience that many markets worldwide are known for. Although I always felt safe and very welcomed (people are veey friendly and would pften love to practice their English with you), we were advised by local friends not to bring bags and to keep money close. If you look like you have something worth stealing, then it may be. In wet weather (most afternoons) the ground is muddy and slippery, take care of where you put your feet. This is also important when maneuvering through the market lanes, although there are many things arranged on the floor, take care not to step over people or their wares. This is very bad form culturally.
Written November 2, 2016
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