Native also lived in huts made out of bamboo and tropical leaves, as was their custom.
The Persian marketplace, reproduced what a similar place in Tehran would resemble. There, visitors could purchase the finest Persian and Oriental rugs, brass-work, ivory, candies and other exotic gifts. Haggling was not only expected from the customers but was considered an insult if you didn't.
In the the various street, one could come upon elephants, camels, snake charmers, oriental
basket trickery as well as fire-eaters and other street performers. There were also hourly grand
parades, with elaborately decorated elephants, wedding processions and the annual sacrifice
feast of India.
In the Asiatic Theater, that showcased various types of oriental dances and feats of artistry,
including rope tricks and an attraction- `The Empire of India,' performed the Sinhalese (the largest ethnic group of Sri Lanka), in ornate native costumes (also spelled Singhalese).
There were camel, elephant and ox rides (for a 10 cent fee).
The British India Restaurant seated 500.
Some of Mysterious Asia also was at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
Price of Admission- 15 cents adults, 10 cents children
Lee Gaskins' AT THE FAIR The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair
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Mysterious Asia presented a village made up of characteristic elements, from India, Ceylon, Burma and Persia, with streets, bungalows, booths, restaurants, and bazaars. Though the cost of the attraction was listed as 103,000 dollars, other estimates have suggested as much as 200,000 dollars.
In the India section, one could see a replica of a typical street in Calcutta, as well as viewing a reproduction of the dome and minarets of the Tah Mahal.
In the Burma area, paying customers could see impressive replicas of the Golden Temple of Rangoon, and the Rain Sipri of Aliadabad.