The State Department Store
The State Department Store
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Dan M
Mongolia457 contributions
Jan. 2023
I go there almost every day. It has changed a lot since 2005, especially after the fire that gutted the upper floors. It's much more western now. Still over priced, but some thing in Ulaanbaatar, you have to go where the goods are.
I have to peeves: service in the Nomin supermarket on the ground and basement is frustrating.
But on a lighter note, a "waterfall" has been installed in the centre of the complex, dropping water from the seventh to the second floor. I marvel every time I pass it, and wonder what idiot designed and installed it. The splash creates a permanent slip-hazard in its surroundings. As for me as a senior citizen, I start looking around for a rest room.
Written January 25, 2023
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Perrine
Tel Aviv, Israel49 contributions
Aug. 2022
Great for shipping, they have literally everything: from camping equipment to high end clothing, Mango and common brands, washing machines, horse saddles, local traditional clothes, puzzles, supermarket, jewlery etc.
The prices are fixed and actually not that high. Highly recommended if you need to buy some stuff and don't want to have to bargain all day.
It's also indoor so ideal if it's raining or cold
Written December 26, 2022
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Jedy
1 contribution
Jul. 2022 • Couples
it wasn't that great. we expected something greater than this. it didn't reach our expectations. So, I will not really recommend this. it might be waste of time.
Written November 2, 2022
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PortlyPenguin
Sterling, VA47 contributions
Sep. 2022
was highly suggested to go here for post-trip souveniers and was not disappointed... 5th floor, but you have to go around a corner to find all of the treats!
Written October 3, 2022
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GlobeTrotting55015
Brisbane, Australia134 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Friends
There’s so many things to look at here and if you want to buy souvenirs for family and friends, head to the top floor. Great range!
Written July 2, 2022
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA5,982 contributions
Jul. 2021
Good place to buy all your souvenirs on the top floor.

Lots of other stuff here as well. Nice cashmere goods as well.

Tourist information booth is agent. They can call you a cab when you are ready to leave.

Never did find the food court though.

Bathrooms are a mess and no one really seems to care.
Written June 22, 2022
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geelongexpat
Chatan-cho, Japan1,025 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Solo
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.
Written February 15, 2020
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dnaleciz
Moreno Valley, CA414 contributions
Nov. 2019
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.
Written December 8, 2019
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Global768312
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia37 contributions
Oct. 2019
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.
Written November 3, 2019
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Justbackandlovedit
Dublin, Ireland215 contributions
Sep. 2019
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.
Written October 31, 2019
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  • Sat - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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