Hukou Monday Night Market

Photos by MJ Klein

I decided to take the Nikon to the local night market this past Monday. Unfortunately the restaurant where we eat wasn’t open that night; otherwise the market was business as usual. All shots were taken in ambient light and the colors are just as you would see them with your eye.

This could be the most photos in any post yet! From food, clothing, games of chance and skill, tea, cakes kiddie rides to mobile phones, Taiwan night markets are nice family events and great for people watching.

Huge waterway in downtown Hukou. Walk down the road to the left and you will find the night market.

I always like these stone markers, so I photographed this one on the way to the market.

Finally we reach the entrance, and go inside the market area. This night market resides in a purpose-built area.

Trying to photograph candids is not so easy with a large camera hanging around your neck. This guy spotted me.

Children’s fishing game.

This shot captures the open-air feel of the market. While crowded, the sky is open over your head. By the way, the weather was perfect.

One of the many portable restaurants. In this case, “steak” and I use that term loosely.

Trademark violations? What does that mean?

I’ve seen these big baby bottles all over Taiwan. I don’t get the fascination with them.

Chinese sausage, spiked with liquor.

There is no one tending this stall because they are selling illegally copied DVDs. Notice the little pink receptacle for money. People buy on the “honor system.” The irony appears to be lost on the shoppers.

This is one of a few clothing vendors with an on-site seamstress who will customize your purchase. Sometimes you see people trying on pants in the open, but most times by pulling them up over the ones they are wearing. I don’t know how you can check the fit by doing that.

As you can see, there isn’t much that you can’t get or do at our local night market!

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  1. Looking at that set of photos I was thinking how very similar night markets are in Taiwan. If you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. And yet that’s not completely true. The other day I was strolling around the big one on wen-xin south road in Taichung and i came across a couple of laowai selling Mexican burritos. Cool, eh? I was stuffed after a large dinner so I didn’t try one but they seemed to be doing good business. And there used to be a street vendor selling Indian snacks at the night market off Taiping road, near San Min rd., (Taichung) – gone now, sadly.

  2. Hey MJ.

    Great pictures. I am going to have to invest in a good camera one day. I know that will help a little with some longer range shots I want to take but again it is also the skill of the cameraman and you have plenty of it.

    The pictures you took from the car the other day of the hills colapsing were fantastica nd so clear. I hate to think how some of those factories are doing to fare in a ten or so years.

    The market looks huge and as you said has everything a man and his dog would need (Aussie saying).

    The prices on the DVD’s in one of the pictures of 149 and 199. What does that convert into in Thai Baht? I could work it out but I am lazy to do the research and what is the Tawainese money called??

    Oh! And congratulations on being the feautured blogger for CFI. I will try and check his site out on the weekend when I have some more time.


  3. Naruwan, yes i know what you mean – most of the food especially seems all the same at night markets. but then again, there is always some local aspect that might be hard to spot and the distinction might not be apparent to the casual observer.

    man i would love to try those Mexican burritos – yes, very cool! we had some guys selling Indian food here for awhile (they are gone from Hukou too) but my India friend told me they were Pakistanis and not Indians.

    Hui-chen and i normally go to the night market every Monday.

  4. Brunty, thanks so much for your kind comments. i think that your photographic skills are excellent and i am a huge fan of your blog. as i said in the interview on the CFI blog, i’m lucky when it comes to capturing things.

    you can pretty much ignore the differences between the Thai bath and the NT dollar these days because they are so close. most of the time during this current year the Thai baht has “worth” more than the NT, but the difference has always been within a couple of baht.

    hopefull someday you can visit beautiful Taiwan and see everything for yourself!

    take care Brunty.

  5. great photos as usual. haven’t gone to a night market in a long time. your photos makes me wanna visit one soon and stuff myself silly with all the great food they have.

  6. i like them a lot. Hui-chen says it’s because i didn’t grow up with them, lol. the only down side of this one is that it’s on a Monday night making it hard for working people to come down here to visit.

  7. thanks Craig. as you know i am a fan of crazy WB shots at night!

    Anon, thanks. the ground does get pretty dirty by the end of the market. fortunately they do a good job cleaning it up afterwards.

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