Night markets are truly one of Asia’s most unique attractions. From Hong Kong to Malaysia, you can find them everywhere. As opposed to the glitzy glamorous malls, here you can buy truly authentic local wares and immerse yourself in a unique one of a kind experience.
5) Shilin Night Market, Taipei, Taiwan
Night markets are a staple of Taiwanese culture, you can find one almost anywhere on the island. However, one of the biggest and busiest you will find is Shilin Night Market, located near the heart of Taipei. It’s truly sprawling maze like alleyways are a great place to find both delicious local cuisine and cheap wares especially clothes.
4) Kampung Baru Sunday Market, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Despite being named the Sunday Night Market, this night market occurs every Saturday night and runs all the way to Sunday night. Run by a predominantly Malay community, here you’ll be able to shop for authentic Malay items like their traditional clothes, sarongs, songkoks, baju kurungs, jewelry and handicrafts. Additionally, the contrast between the small traditional Malay village and the looming metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur is truly a sight to behold.
3) Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea
Namdaemun Market, named after the nearby Namdaemun Gate, with a collection of 10,000 retailers, vendors, and wholesalers, you can find almost anything Korean here. You can shop for a variety of hanbok (traditional Korean dress) here cheaper than most anywhere else. There is even a large section well known for selling camera equipment.
2) Hoin An Night Market, Hoi An, Vietnam
This night market is known for it’s absolutely gorgeous colorful paper lanterns. These lanterns line the 300 metre street overlooking Thu Bon River and make a beautiful spot for photography. But you can purchase them too along with traditional apparel, silk products and local trinkets. However, these prices are often inflated. So, remember to bargain with the shopkeepers for a lower price, you can go as low as 75% some of the times.
1) Rot Fai Night Market, Bangkok, Thailand
This picture should give you an idea about how massive this sprawling bazaar truly is. It should come no surprise that you can find almost anything here, from modern fashion clothes to handcrafted trinkets and even Japanese anime toys. But it is the one of items you can’t find anywhere else that makes it truly unique. Vintage jackets, old coca-cola bottles, french chandeliers, antique furniture even classic cars and bikes. This makes it a hobbyist heaven. You may be in Thailand but you’ll be shopping goods from all over the world.