The island nation also offers a diverse shopping experience as it has a range of local markets, street markets and shopping malls. Yet one of the most important and busy commercial centres of the Islands is Chaandanee Magu, a traditional Maldivian street lined with shops and traders offering an assortment of goods and souvenir items.
Located in Male, the Chandanee Magu is one of the islands’ most crowded and vibrant shopping streets. Attracting many locals and tourists, this commercial street is an ideal place to witness the energy and spirit of the Maldivian society, as it is packed with eager shoppers from dawn till dusk. This street is also known as the “Singapore Bazaar”, as it has several shops which deal goods and appliances, mainly imported from Singapore.
One can find a variety of imported goods at relatively reasonable prices at these shops, and possibly even strike a cheap bargain with the traders. Though Chandanee Magu has several imported items, it is best known for its plethora of souvenir shops. Many tourists visit these souvenir shops to purchase a token of their memories in the islands of Maldives, or to take some items symbolic of Maldives back to their homes and friends.
The most popular souvenirs sold at the shops in Chaandanee Magu, are Miniature Wooden Dhonis; which are skilfully and geometrically crafted wooden ships or boats. Tourists from all nations visit these souvenir shops and purchase Dhonis, along with many other Maldivian souvenirs such as intricately decorated fibre mats called Thun’du Kuna, vases and pots beautifully painted with natural oils and paints called Liyelaa Products. So, for a different shopping experience visit Chaandanee Magu and purchase a souvenir of your memories at Maldives.
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