Tea house madness

Central Asia is well known for its tea houses, where everybody gathers, not necessarily for drinking tea, but rather for devouring in osh, shashlik, lagman or any of the other tajik greasy delicacies.

For the past several years, insane construction has been going on for the planned biggest tea house in Central Asia, with multiple attempts to finally open it, resulting in several years delay.

The teahouse is estimated to cost about $60 million – equivalent to about 1 percent of the GDP and 33 percent more than what the US government’s aid agency, USAID, spent in Tajikistan in fiscal year 2012.

Below you see the view of Somoni avenue in 2009 with the Hyatt and in 2014 with the domes of the teahouse covering the Hyatt.

Somoni avenue before the tea house construction, 2009

Somoni ave, with the domes of the biggest teahouse, 2014

This entry was published on September 2, 2014 at 7:45 am and is filed under Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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