About 20 original Sungei Road vendors selling their wares at Boon Lay Place until Dec. 31, 2017

About 20 original Sungei Road vendors selling their wares at Boon Lay Place until Dec. 31, 2017

Mothership.SG·2017-12-30 15:50

Tucked right behind a boisterous pasar malam (night market) in Boon Lay lies a quieter, less packed area called Pasar Sungei.

This part of the night market has roughly 15 vendors and is located at 220 Boon Lay Place, right opposite Boon Lay Place Food Village.

What is Pasar Sungei?

As you may or may not know, Sungei Road Thieves’ Market has shut down for good .

Let this elderly woman be your last memory of Sungei Road Thieves’ Market

Sungei Road was the last free-hawking zone in Singapore, which means about 200 of the vendors were not given an alternative site to carry on with their business.

However, with the help of , a community page that was initially made to appeal to keep Sungei Road Market, original vendors who are registered with the Association for the Recycling of Secondhand Goods have set up a new project called Pasar Sungei.

And it does feel like the real Sungei Road, with the distinct stench and familiar pools of knick knacks laid on the floor.

As it is usually operated close to roving pasar malams, they have been in various locations like Simei and Serangoon, but for limited periods each time.

Something for everyone

Despite having less than 20 vendors, the variety of items up for grabs at dirt cheap prices doesn’t disappoint.

From second-hand laptops to antique coins and legal tender notes, they pretty much literally have everything.

The younger crowd can look for stationery priced at S$1:

via Save Sungei Road Market’s Facebook page

For pet owners, you can get a cat basket for S$5:

via Save Sungei Road Market’s Facebook page

This belt that was originally priced at S$45 is going for S$5:

via Save Sungei Road Market’s Facebook page

Affordable rental?

The vendors didn’t have to pay rent back in Sungei Road, but according to this , they are charged S$10 per lot here, each day.

Each lot is marked in white tape, as seen in this picture. And it’s small —

While S$10 may seem affordable to some of us, it seems like that’s not the case for some of the vendors.

In case you’re looking for something to do over the long weekend, perhaps you can check out Pasar Sungei.

It will be at Boon Lay until Dec. 31.

Where to find it: 220 Boon Lay Place

When to go: 12pm to 8pm (although on Thursday night when we visited, some were packing up from 7:40pm onwards)

Top image by Fasiha Nazren

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