Weird Night Markets or Flea Markets

I am a frequent traveler, and I always love to shop, buy some gift items for my love ones and friends back home. I would say Asia is the best place for shopping, because of its weird, unique, bizarre, funny souvenirs found in shopping areas or markets. Every time I travel to a country of my choice, I always asked for the address of night markets or night bazaars of my country host. The night market or night bazaars, are what they call the ‘street market’, where vendors rent a small area for their stalls, and usually, night markets operates at night. You can find cheap and inexpensive items in the night market that includes, ethnic souvenir items, clothing, accessories, jewelries (but be careful, there are lot of fake jewelries), cheaper electronics but most are “pirated” items, street foods, and many more. There are countries who do not have night market, but you can find Chinatown in every country. The flea market or swap meet bazaar, is where vendors also rent spaces to sell or barter their merchandise from bargained items or low quality items to higher quality of second hand goods. The flea markets differ from the night markets, although, they have similar structure and is more distinct from street vending. In Australian English, the flea market is called “trash and treasure markets”, in the Philippine English, they call it Tiangge, which is borrowed from Filipino Chinese speaking Hokkien or maybe from the “Nahuatl tianguis” in Mexican Spanish term, or locally called by Filipinos as talipapa, in India it is known as gurjari or shrukawadi bazzar or juna bazzar. In England it is famous as carboot sales, where the event takes place in open field, parked their car with open trunk which they call the “boot” and the goods displayed on i. But if the event is held in school halls or church halls, they call it jumble sale (or rummage sale, where second hand items are sold) or also known as bring and buy sale. Here are some famous night markets and flea markets.

1) Taiwan: Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market or Snake Alley

Huaxi night market between Xiyuan Rd and Huanhe Rd

Huaxi night market between Xiyuan Rd and Huanhe Rd

Huaxi Street Night Market

Huaxi Street Night Market

The Xiaochi or street food area in Snake Alley night market, Taipei, Taiwan

The Xiaochi or street food area in Snake Alley night market, Taipei, Taiwan

Shopping at the night market is affordable for locals and tourists, and I think it is more practical and easy on the budget. For instance in Taiwan, you could buy jeans at 100 TWD (Taiwan dollars) which is equivalent to USD 3.37.

Raohe Street Night Market, Taipei, Taiwan

Raohe Night Market, Taipei, Taiwan

Raohe Night Market, Taipei, Taiwan

Raohe Street Tourist Night Market, Taipei City

Raohe Street Tourist Night Market, Taipei City, Street Food stalls

Taiwan Raohe Street Tourist Night Market

Taiwan Raohe Street Tourist Night Market

Shilin Night Market, Shilin, Taipei

Shilin night market, Taipei

Fengjia Night Market, largest night market in Taiwan

Fengjia night market, Taichung city

Fengjia night market, Taichung city

Feng Jia night market

Feng Jia night market

Feng Jia Night Market street food stalls

Feng Jia Night Market street food stalls

Ximending Night Market, Taiwan

Ximending Night Market

Ximending Night Market

Ximending Night Market, Taiwan

Ximending Night Market, Taiwan

2)  Beijing Dong Hua Men Night Market, Beijing, China

Dong Hua Men Night Market, Beijing, China

Dong Hua Men Night Market, Beijing, China

Dong Hua Men Night Market

Dong Hua Men Night Market

Dong Hua Men Night Market and exotic street foods, Beijing, China

Dong Hua Men Night Market and exotic street foods, Beijing, China

Dongmen Night Market, ShenZhen, China

Dongmen Pedestrian Street, Shenzhen, China

Dongmen Pedestrian Street, Shenzhen, China

Dong Men Night Market, ShenZhen, China

Dong Men Night Market, ShenZhen, China

Shenzhen Dongmen Pedestrian Street Night Market

Shenzhen Dongmen Pedestrian Street Night Market

Hua Qiang Bei, Shenzhen, China (Market for all kinds of Electronics)

Hua Qiang Bei Electronics Market

Hua Qiang Bei Electronics Market

Hua Qiang Bei , Shenzhen, China

Hua Qiang Bei , Shenzhen, China

The cheapest markets of electronics, Shenzhen, China

The cheapest markets of electronics, Shenzhen, China

desktop computers, and repairing, if not making, laptops-- there's certainly enough parts to build them from scratch.

desktop computers, and repairing, if not making, laptops– there’s certainly enough parts to build them from scratch.

Fake iPhones and Strange Sights at a Shenzhen Market | PCWorld

Fake iPhones and Strange Sights at a Shenzhen Market , PCWorld

Imitation Iphone N90 Chinese Wholesaler Manufacturer

Imitation Iphone N90 Chinese Wholesaler Manufacturer

imitation of iPhone 5 is in the Chinese Market

imitation of iPhone 5 is in the Chinese Market

In 2008, I was in ShenZhen, China and I was so curious to buy electronic items such as mobile phones, laptop, and other accessories, which I found very expensive in any other electronics store. I bought a Blackberry for 500CNY or USD 79.36, but soon I arrived at my hotel room back in Hong Kong, the charger became hot and I was scared to continue charging my phone. Then the following day my phone is not working. Well lesson learned, you can but any items maybe at the night market, but not electronics or gadgets that may endanger your life.

3) Night Market in Hong Kong: Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong

Temple Street Night Market Hong Kong

Temple Street Night Market Hong Kong

Temple Street Night Market Hong Kong

Temple Street Night Market Hong Kong

Tourists seeking bargains at Temple Street Night Market

Tourists seeking bargains at Temple Street Night Market

Temple Street Night Market", food stalls

Temple Street Night Market”, food stalls

4)  Dongdaemun Night Market, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Dongdaemun Market

Dongdaemun Market

Dongdaemun Market - Dongdaemun Shopping - Dongdaemun Gate

Dongdaemun Market – Dongdaemun Shopping – Dongdaemun Gate

Korea Hanbok stall, Dongdaemun Night Market, Seoul, Korea

Korea Hanbok stall, Dongdaemun Night Market, Seoul, Korea

5) Japanese Night Market in Moonta Street

bargain hunting Japan street market

bargain hunting Japan street market

Takeshita Dori District, Tokyo, Japan

Takeshita Dori  Harajuku , street market,Japan

Takeshita Dori Harajuku , street market,Japan

Jingumae flea market, Takeshita dori, Tokyo

Jingumae flea market, Takeshita dori, Tokyo

Takeshita Dori District, Japan

Takeshita Dori District, Japan

 

6) Night Market In Singapore : Bugis Night Market

Bugis Junction Night Market, Singapore

Bugis Junction Night Market, Singapore

Bugis Junction Night Market, Singapore

Bugis Junction Night Market, Singapore

7) Chinatown Night Market in Singapore

Chinatown Singapore night market

Chinatown Singapore night market

Singapore Pasar Malam (night market)

Singapore Pasar Malam (night market)

Little India Market, Singapore

Little India, Singapore

Little India, Singapore

Little India Market, Singapore

Little India Market, Singapore

Little India, Singapore.

Little India, Singapore

Little India Night Market, Singapore

Little India Night Market, Singapore

8) Pasar Malam (Night Market) Malaysia

Pasar Malam, Kuala Lumpur

Pasar Malam, Kuala Lumpur

malaysian food, night market, Lorong Tuanku street, Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian food, night market, Lorong Tuanku street, Kuala Lumpur

Petaling Jaya Night Market, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petaling Jaya Night Market, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

9) Pasar Malam (Night Markets) in Indonesia

Night Market in Jakarta, Indonesia

Night Market in Jakarta, Indonesia

Semawis Imlek Market, Semarang, Indonesia

Semawis Imlek Market, Semarang, Indonesia

10) Dong Xuan Night Market, Hanoi, Vietnam

Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi, Vietnam

Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi, Vietnam

Dong Xuan Market-Hanoi Shoppings

Dong Xuan Market-Hanoi Shoppings

Ho Chi Minh night market

Ho Chi Minh night market

night market right outside Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh

night market right outside Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh

11) Angkor Night Market, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Psah Thom Thmey Market interior

Psah Thom Thmey Market interior

Siem Reap - Old Market Cambodia

Siem Reap – Old Market Cambodia

12) Suan Lum Night Market, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Suan Lum Night Bazaar office information

Suan Lum Night Bazaar office information

Suan Lum Night_Bazaar, Joe Louis puppet theater

Suan Lum Night_Bazaar, Joe Louis puppet theater

Suan Lum Night Bazaar Market Bangkok

Suan Lum Night Bazaar Market Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Chatuchak Market Bangkok

Chatuchak Market Bangkok

Watches for sale at Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, Thailand

Watches for sale at Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, Thailand

13)  Siam Paradise Night Bazaar, Bangkok

Siam Paradise Night Bazaar, Bangkok

Siam Paradise Night Bazaar, Bangkok

SIAM PARADISE NIGHT BAZAAR

SIAM PARADISE NIGHT BAZAAR

Siam Paradise Night Market, Bangkok

Siam Paradise Night Market, Bangkok

Pratunam Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Pratunam-Center-Bangkok-Thailand

Pratunam-Center-Bangkok-Thailand

Bags at Pratunam Bangkok Market

Bags at Pratunam Bangkok Market

Pratunam Market Shopping in Bangkok

Pratunam Market Shopping in Bangkok

 Patpong Night Market, Bangkok

Patpong Night Market, luggages and accessories (source:farm3.staticflickr.com)

Patpong Night Market, luggages and accessories (source:farm3.staticflickr.com)

14) Night Market in Laos

night market in Luang Prabang, Laos

night market in Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang night market

Luang Prabang night market

Night Market. Luang Prabang, Laos.

Night Market. Luang Prabang, Laos.

15) Divisoria Night Market, Manila, Philippines

Divisoria Night Market, Manila Philippines

Divisoria Night Market, Manila Philippines

Divisoria Night Market during the night, Manila

Divisoria Night Market during the night, Manila

Banchetto Night Market (more on street foods and drinks) Ortigas, Pasig

Banchetto Midnight Food Market, Pasig

Banchetto Midnight Food Market, Pasig

Banchetto Midnight Food stalls Market, Pasig

Banchetto Midnight Food stalls Market, Pasig

Banchetto Night food market,Pasig, Philippines

Banchetto Night food market,Pasig, Philippines

16) Night Markets in India

Arpora Saturday Night Market, Goa, India

Arpora Saturday Night Market, Goa, India

India Jaipur Night Market, India

India Jaipur Night Market, India

Shimla Street Market, India

Shimla Street Market, India

17) Richmond Night Market, Canada

Chinatown and Richmond Summer Night Markets

Chinatown and Richmond Summer Night Markets

Richmond Night Market, Bristish Columbia

Richmond Night Market, British Columbia (daytime)

Richmond Night Market

Richmond Night Market

18)  Flea Markets or Swap Meet Bazaar

Rosemont Flea Market, Wolff's Flea Market in the United States

Rosemont Flea Market, Wolff’s Flea Market in the United States

Flea MArket, Canton, Texas

Flea MArket, Canton, Texas

Seoul-Insadong-flea-market

Seoul-Insadong-flea-market

Kobe Meriken Festa, Flea Market in Japan

Kobe Meriken Festa, Flea Market in Japan

Flea market in Hietalahdentori, Helsinki, Finland

Flea market in Hietalahdentori, Helsinki, Finland

Flohmarkt Flea Market in Germany

Flohmarkt Flea Market in Germany

flea market, Budapest, Hungary

flea market, Budapest, Hungary

Naschmarkt in Vienna, Austria

Naschmarkt in Vienna, Austria

Flea Market In Shanghai, China,

Flea Market In Shanghai, China

Fushun Flea Market  in China

Fushun Flea Market in China

Paris Flea markets

Paris Flea markets

Vintage travel gear seller at the Marche Dauphine, Saint-Ouen, Paris, flea market,

Vintage travel gear seller at the Marche Dauphine, Saint-Ouen, Paris, flea market,

 

Flea Market in Macau, China

Macau Outdoor Market (rua De S.paulo Area) ,macau Shopping

Macau Outdoor Market (rua De S.paulo Area) Macau Shopping

Taipa Flea Market, Ilhas, Taipa, Macau

Taipa Flea Market, Ilhas, Taipa, Macau

Taipa Flea Market, Macau

Taipa Flea Market, Macau

Lapsapan in Macau, also a flea market where second hand items are sold very affordable. “Lapsap” in Cantonese means ‘garbage’. But we enjoyed shopping although some items were not aloud by the customs at the airport.

19) Marrakesh Night Market in Morocco

Jamaa el Fna market place in Marrakesh's medina quarter

Jamaa el Fna market place in Marrakesh’s Medina quarter

Colorful Carpets in Marrakech Night Market, Morocco

Colorful Carpets in Marrakesh Night Market, Morocco

Marrakesh Night Market, Morocco

Marrakesh Night Market, Morocco

The Marrakesh or Marrakesh Souk in Morocco is famous for selling arts and crafts, jewelries, and colorful handicrafts and many more cheaper items.

20) Souk Night Market, Middle East

Night on Aswan souk (market), Egypt

Night on Aswan souk (market), Egypt

Souk night market, Madina, Saudi Arabia

Souk night market, Madina, Saudi Arabia

Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Gold Souk

If you plan to buy gold souk in Dubai, it is more better to go in the evening, to give yourself more time to shop, choose and bargain. And the best chance of having 20% discount or more, which the lowest karat of gold is 16k to 24k gold.

 

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