Located opposite to the Sham Shui Po Police Station, Yen Chow Street Hawker Bazaar appears to be past relic amidst the flashy traffic and tenements in the busy crossroads between Yen Chow Street and Lai Chi Kok Road. Renowned for its grid of fabric stalls under the same corrugated iron roof covered with plastic canvas, the Bazaar is also dubbed as “Pang Jai” in folks’ minds.
Its 40-year history background sheds light into the city’s ebb and flow of the garment industry’s development. During the period when Hong Kong still remained to be an important centre for garment manufacturing in the 80s, Pang Jai illuminated as a breeding place for local fashion designers, allowing them to seek inspirations and sources for their work. Currently, Pang Jai is reputed as one of the last fabric markets in Hong Kong.
However, the government has decided to move the bazaar to the nearby Tung Chow Street Temporary Market to free up spaces for public housing flats.
In collaboration with Jasmine Leung
Voice-over by Jasmine Leung and Kelly Chiu
**CORRECTION: There are nearly 50 vendors in the market, not 21 as mentioned in the video**