Krabi Walking Street.

June 12, 2010 by  
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Krabi ” Pasar Malam “

Pasar Malam in Batavia, Indonesia, period 1900-1940

Pasar malam is a Malay and Indonesian word that literally means night market, “pasar” being related to “bazaar” in Persian. A pasar malam is a street market in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia that opens in the evening, usually in residential neighbourhoods. It brings together a collection of stalls that usually sell goods such as fruits, vegetables, snacks, toys, clothes, shoes, alarm clocks, and ornaments at cheap or at least reasonable prices. Pirated DVDs, CDs and computer software are often sold at a pasar malam. A pasar malam often takes place only one to a few days of the week, as the traders rotate around different neighbourhoods on different days of the week. Haggling over prices is a common practice at such markets. Pasar Malam are often differentiated by ethnicity. A Malay pasar malam will often contain stalls selling Islamic books, kopiah hats, sarongs and other Malay specialty items. Chinese pasar malam may sell Mah Jong sets, incense, joss sticks, joss paper and various Chinese prayer supplies. Indian pasar malam may contain Hindu prayer supplies. In the Netherlands, a yearly Indo Eurasian festival is held in The Hague under the name Tong Tong Fair, formerly known as the Pasar Malam Besar. Due to the big number of Indo Eurasians and the successive success of this event since 1959, dozens of Pasar Malams are held each year in the Netherlands. Recently the Indonesian embassy has started sponsoring a yearly Pasar Malam Indonesia, mainly to promote Indonesian business and enhance Dutch-Indonesian relations. Image and text source : From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Last year, during the month of January, a new market set up shop every weekend in the centre of Krabi town. Initially, the market was a temporary fixture; however, it was such a success during its first month that residents voted to give it a regular slot each weekend. The market, now known as ‘Krabi Walking Street’, is held in the streets behind the town’s main department store, Vogue, each weekend. The market differs from the town’s other night markets, placing more emphasis on the sale of handicrafts, high quality food and nightly entertainment. A large stage is the focal point, with various acts providing entertainment each weekend. Performances take place amongst the vendors too, such as break dancing, acoustic sessions and traditional dance. A central seating area allows shoppers to enjoy their goodies while soaking up the lively atmosphere of the market. Visitors on the lookout for souvenirs will find a wide selection available at very reasonable prices, including wooden handicrafts, jewellery and clothing.

Krabi Walking Street is open from 17:00 until 22:00 from Friday to Sunday.


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