Khan el-Khalili bazaar, Old Cairo

Khan el-Khalili is a major souk (marketplace or commercial) in the Islamic district of Cairo. The bazaar district is one of Cairo’s main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike.

Khan el-Khalili

Khan el-Khalili

The souk dates back to 1382, when Emir (commander or general) Djaharks el-Khalili built a large caravanserai in Cairo under the Burji Mamluk Sultan Barquq; the eponymous khan is still extant. (khan means caravanserai)

Café of Khan el-Khalili

Café of Khan el-Khalili

By the time of Barquq, the first Circassian Mamluk Sultan (1382–1399) much reconstruction needed to be done within the walls of the city in order to repair the damage incurred as a result of the Black Death.

Khan El-Khalili bazaar

Khan El-Khalili bazaar

The Egyptian guide said; Visiting Cairo, your trip is not completed without a stop at the Khan El-Khalili bazaar, where you will be transported back in time to an old Arab souk.

Khan el-Khalili bazaar

Khan el-Khalili bazaar

Shop owners calling you to their stalls, the scent of spices, the hustle and bustle of trade, and the many beautiful objects will have you lost among alleys for hours.

Khan el-Khalili bazaar

Khan el-Khalili bazaar

Put your haggling skills to the test when buying statuettes, spices, souvenirs, silver jewelry, t-shirts, galabiyyas, belly dancing costumes, or anything for that matter.

Khan el-Khalili bazaar

Khan el-Khalili bazaar

When your shopping’s done, don’t miss out on a traditional cup of tea at the famous Café Layaly el-Housen.

I tried a water cigarette in the cafe.

I tried a water cigarette in the cafe.

After shopping, I tried a shishah in the Café Layaly el-Housen. It was not such good for me. (Shisha is a syrupy tobacco mix with molasses and vegetable glycerol which is smoked in a hookah.)

After American continent discovery, the tobacco spread out in the world. Original tobacco culture flourished in each place of the world. The people are going to keep out cigarettes in many countries, so it will be extinct by the splendid culture now. It is very good for the stress emission if you smoke appropriately.

Depression patients increase recently as non-smoker increase in Tokyo.

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