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Gambier Street Old Vegetable Market
Gambier Street Market was closed on 15th June 2008 and brings the curtain
down on the heyday of historical Old Kuching.
The hustle and bustle and the bargaining between seller and buyer, the traffic
jams, the familiar sights and smells of the old market and a way of life city
dwellers have grown accustomed to will be replaced with a quietness city folk
will take sometime to get used to. Hawkers were part and parcel of the city
landscape and they had contributed greatly to society and the state’s economy.
Records in some publications show the market existed as early as the 1860s
although permanent structures as the ones we see today were built in the
All traders from the vegetable market right up to the garment store at Gambier
Street were relocated to a spanking new market in Stutong in Tabuan Laru, a busy
Stutong Market was completed in April 2007
Urusan Lengkap Sdn Bhd, built the seven-acre Stutong Market in
18 months at around RM15 million. It is the first market in Sarawak to be
equipped with a state-of-the-art waste treatment plant for the convenience of
the people and betterment of the environment.
The Stutong Market is designed to minimize wetness — a common problem at wet
markets — to offer a conducive environment for both traders and customers alike.
The two-storey building can hold more than 500 stalls and has large parking
area. It is the biggest market Sarawak
The old market will be demolished eventually. And the government
has a plan to extend the Kuching Waterfront right up to the Brooke Dockyard.
Some structures were good and worth maintaining while others
may be knocked down to make way for the
extension project of Kuching Waterfront which is expected to stretch right up to
the Brooke Dockyard.
The run-down Gambier Street Market was not only dirty and untidy but also prone
to massive traffic jams. There were 40 to 50 fishing vessels using the jetty
behind the Gambier Street Market for loading and unloading.