Located on the western side of the Kowloon Peninsula, Mong Kok is called the ‘busiest place on the planet’. With a population density of 130,000 people per sq km, walking through the streets and weaving through the bazaars is intense.
Following are the prominent street markets located in and around Mong Kok:
Also called ‘Women’s Market, this large street bazaar was once a place where women used to shop for cheap clothing, household items,...
children’s toys and clothes and other items that women typically shop for! Although its scope has since expanded to include a smattering of men’s clothing, watches and deodorants, the market still retains its original tag.
Location: Tung Choi Street in the heart of Mong Kok.
Temple Street Night Market
This is one of the most popular markets with tourists, and with good reason.
Taking its name after the Tin Hau Temple standing in its vicinity, this is a night market that sells a large assortment of wares that include trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, menswear and antiques. Great souvenir shopping! As dusk falls, fortune tellers and opera singers emerge, adding a dash of drama and festivity to the goings-on. The ambience is marvellous and, not surprisingly, this market has served as the backdrop for many movies.
Location: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok.
This is a covered, day market, and is a treasure trove of jade jewellery and trinkets.
The luminescent, liquid green quality of the stone used to fashion the jewellery sold here is very pleasing to the eye, and simply strolling down the aisles is a memorable experience. Many stalls also sell pendants, necklaces, bangles and earrings made of pearls and semi-precious stones – inexpensive gifts and souvenirs! Jade has almost spiritual significance and in Chinese culture epitomises purity, beauty and grace. It is almost as precious to the Chinese as gold and diamonds are in the West.
Location: Junction of Kansu Street and Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok.
It is unlikely you will buy anything here but since this bazaar is located close to the others, it might be interesting to visit anyway.
This market spans two blocks and boasts row upon row of aquariums and polythene bags filled with all types of tiny fish. Other small pets, like turtles, frogs and beetles are also up for grabs. Goldfish in particular are believed to bring prosperity to their owners and goldfish tanks and aquariums are widely used in the Chinese art of feng shui.
Location: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok.
A sweet, little park near the Flower Market, the Bird Park is a cheerful – or depressing, as the case might be – place and has dozens of stalls selling an assortment of caged birds and bird paraphernalia.
If you look hard enough, you might spot a Chinese tradition in action – elderly men feeding and preening their feathered friends who sing in return!
Location: Yuen Po Street, Prince Edward, Mong Kok.
This market is pretty, fragrant and very colourful.
The vendors here sell all kinds of flowers, bouquets and flower arrangements but not potted plants.
Location: Prince Edward in Mong Kok.
Young fashionistas take note! This market is not located in the chaotic Mong Kok area; rather Granville Road is located in the swish Tsim Sha Tsui.
Here, boutiques boast the latest fashion brands, from budget and mid-priced youth street labels to high fashion apparel. It’s a hub for next-gen fashion designers, and the shops here are a thrill to visit. And if wedding bells are in the air, you must visit nearby Kimberley Road and Kimberley Street.
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