Scenes From the Taiping Market

12 April 2017

At over 100 years old, the wet market in Taiping, Perak is the oldest of its kind in Malaysia.

The historic town of Taiping, Perak, can boast many firsts. As a booming tin mining hub in the 19th Century, it's thought to have the oldest church, oldest public gardens and the oldest museum in Malaysia. Today, the quiet town is still lined with colonial shoplots, most of them faded and dilapidated. At dusk, the sound of squawking swiftlets hums through the air.

In the centre of town stands the wet market, built in the 1880s. The oldest wet market in the country, this vast and ornate wooden hall is still home to many local vendors. From fresh fruit and vegetables to meat and dried condiments, you can find all the essentials here. Just a few steps away, a neighbouring market houses Siang Malam, where night hawkers sell locally famed chee cheong fan, nasi lemak and more. 





















Photos by Teoh Eng Hooi

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