A brief history on Khan: Founded by the Emir Djaharks el-Khalili (see the resemblances in names) in 1382. The Khan market was an integral piece in why and how the Americas were discovered. This market had control of the goods moving East to West, so much that when the Khan market set up spice monopolies by the ruling Malmuks of Egypt, Christopher Colombus and his merry band of explorers were obligated to find alternative routes to the East.

Still today, the Khan El-Khalili is not exclusively an Egyptian market or a tourist trap. Goods from around the world arrive at the Khan, and the tourists will find themselves outnumbered by the many locals that shop there looking for jeans to jewelry.

What they have in vast amounts:

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[list_item]Egyptian Perfume, Essential Oils[/list_item]
[list_item]Hookahs, Water Pipes, Hash (just kidding or am I?)[/list_item]
[list_item]Home Decor, Lantern, Genie[/list_item]
[list_item]Egyptian Art[/list_item]
[list_item]Glass – Perfume bottles, Candle Holders[/list_item]
[list_item]Musical Instruments[/list_item]
[list_item]Women Accessories[/list_item]
[list_item]And of course the ubiquitous t-shirt and pyramid souvenir[/list_item]

Photo: mrabanalc


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