The Best Markets on Earth
Explore the world and stories of artisans, merchants, and colorful characters who live and work in the most fascinating markets around the globe.
S01:E01 - Mysore Flower Market, India
Flowers are deeply rooted in India's cultural and religious traditions, but nowhere else are they as important a trade as in Mysore, in Karnataka state. The region boasts fertile soil that produces more than 75% of all flowers sold in the country. For 120 years, the Devaraja flower market has immersed more than 20,000 daily visitors in a sea of vibrant colors and intoxicating scents.
S01:E02 - Dantokpa Pagne Market, Benin
The pagne is an iconic African garment Traditionally worn in West Africa. One of the continent's biggest pagne markets, the Dantokpa market, is located in Cotonou, Benin.
S01:E06 - Maliandao Tea Market, China
Tea is both accessible to all and highly sophisticated. It is everywhere in Chinese culture, and people respect and revere it as they would an emperor. The enormous Maliandao tea market embodies the rich tradition, with 6,000 shops covering more than a kilometer. Tea merchants and vendors of supplies like teapots, utensils and boxes share this great commercial hub.
S01:E08 - Yogyakarta Bird Market, Indonesia
On the island of Java, in the city of Yogyakarta, enthusiasts flock to the Pasty bird market. To the Javanese, a person's pet birds reflect their social standing.
S01:E09 - Bozhou Traditional Medicine Market, China
Western visitors to this market find themselves in a completely unfamiliar world overflowing with dried herbs, roots, flowers, and animals. There are buyers for hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, wholesale buyers, and individual customers. The market is fascinating both because of the products and its atmosphere. Some 30% of Chinese rely on these medicines, virtually unknown to Westerners.
S01:E11 - Luang Prabang Sâa Paper Market, Laos
At nightfall, under canopies, merchants arrange their wares on the ground and lanterns create a riot of colors. The market’s crafts are all crafted from delicate sâa paper.