Singapore’s Thieves’ Market on Sungei Road closes on 10 July 2017…

27 June 2017

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S’porean Indian uncle speaks in fluent hokkien, defend Sungei Road market vendor’s right to do simple businesses.



14 Feb 2017 03:00PM

Last day of Thieves’ Market at Sungei Road on Jul 10

Singapore’s largest and oldest flea market has been operating since the 1930s, and holds memories for many Singaporeans.



Published on Jun 24, 2017

Over the last few months, 20-year-old Brendan Mayle Kor has been spending his Saturday afternoons studying the faces and mannerisms of the elderly vendors at Sungei Road Thieves’ Market very closely, looking for every line and crease that tells a story of their lives.

He then lays out a canvas and gets to work with his acrylics. Read more:

(Video: Wong Casandra/TODAY)

7 things you ought to know about Sungei Road market before it disappears

It’s official – Singapore’s oldest flea market in Sungei Road will close its final chapter on July 10, after eight decades of existence.

Once notoriously known as “Thieves Market” as stolen items were reportedly sold there, the open-air market will make way for residential and commercial developments.

Sungei Road Thieves Market | Remember Singapore


As its name suggests, the early days of Sungei Road Thieves’ Market had stolen goods peddled for sale. During that era, it was an open secret that if anyone’s belongings were stolen, he or she could likely find them in this flea market.

One of the biggest and certainly the oldest flea market in Singapore, Sungei Road Thieves’ Market today largely operates on Pasar Lane, Larut Road and Pitt Street, which are the minor roads off Sungei Road. Interestingly, the word pasar means market in Malay.

Sungei Road Thieves Market

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