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Video: Let's go to Markets Around the World

Categories: East Asia, Latin America, South Asia, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, Arts & Culture, Citizen Media, Film, Food, Photography, Travel

Markets are full of colors, sounds and life, no matter where in the world they are. Join us as we visit – through images and videos –  markets in El Salvador, Mexico, India, Indonesia and Thailand.

After seeing the video posted by RocaCristo [1] of the market of Santa Tecla in El Salvador, varistojamonbanua [2]  had this to say about the similarities between this market and the markets back in his home:

…im from manila , i like your video, it looks like you are in the philippines wet market, the vegetables, the fruits , the sweet potatoes, and the little round fruits there we call it seneguelas here in the philippines we can see it during summer. i love this video

In Indonesia, bartering and selling takes place in the floating market of  Lok Ba Intan in South Borneo.

Boats in the floating Indonesia maket of Lok Baintan [3]

People from nearby villages arrive between 5 and 8am at the Lok Baintan river market, located close to the mining city of Martsapura in South Borneo, Indonesia. Photo by bayuwinata © Demotix (7/14/2012)

MVMTelevisionDigital [4]visited the markets in Oaxaca, Mexico. This one minute clip shows us the colorful places where patrons can buy clothing, jewelry and food including regional delicacies such as grasshoppers and worms, or perhaps a nice warm cup of hot chocolate?

This market in Mumbai, [5]India, is slightly different: instead of fruits and vegetables, you can find scavenged auto parts, antiques, refurbished refrigerators and televisions for a fraction of their cost. This 2007 video created by Parasher provides an educational tidbit as to the origin of the name: A tire salesman believes that the market was originally known as “Noisy” market (Shor) but through the English rule the name was corrupted into “thieves” bazaar (Chor). Another vendor chimes in that actually, since stolen goods used to be found readily in the Bazaar, Chor wasn't such a misnomer.

A train runs through the Maeklong market in Thailand 8 times a day, and vendors pull up their stalls and clear the tracks every time it passes by. While this may be commonplace for locals, it is unique enough that tourists visit this market just to see the people clear the path of the train.