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Editor's review

Founded in 1951, GUM is one of Minsk's oldest and certainly its largest department store. It isn't exactly a contemporary shopping haven, but it is an interesting reminder of the fading Soviet shopping experience. While the selection over GUM's multiple floors is immense (household items, jewelry, cosmetics, clothes), much of the product is in a glass case or behind a counter, quite opposite to the western idea of casual browsing and self-serve shopping. It's perhaps not a shining beacon to fashion, though certainly a curiosity with some grand Soviet architecture to boot. And the currency exchange office near the entrance on the ground floor is a convenient extra.

Editor & Minsk Local


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Bought a Luch watch from GUM in late November 2013 during a trip from the United States. Thought I was getting something special. The damn battery died after two months. Two months!! Should have lasted at least two years. I am pissed!! And, of course, since I'm on the other side of the planet now I can't do much about it. On the whole, it was a large, ok store. The coolest thing about it is that the staff wear uniforms.....sort of a throwback.

Reply Feb 18th, 2014

An institution!

Reply Nov 29th, 2012
United Kingdom

I was disappointed. Kind of grubby / shabby to be honest. It still has a sort of faded 'Soviet chic' look about it which might appeal to some!

Reply Oct 16th, 2012
United States

The most famous shops in the Eastern Bloc! Check out GUM in Moscow too - the Harrods of the East!

Reply Feb 13th, 2012
Lisa R.

A real blast from the past! Cool place to fish around for quirky souvenirs.

Reply Jul 4th, 2011
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