Sandakan Central Market

Sandakan Central Market

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You can tell a lot about the lifestyle of local people by visiting their market. Just take a stroll in Sandakan Central Market (Pasar Umum Sandakan), after browsing hundreds of stalls with thousands of colourful items on display, you will learn what Sabah people eat and wear.

Building of Sandakan Central Market
Building of Sandakan Central Market

In the morning, you will see hundreds of locals buying fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and fishes at Sandakan Central Market. Actually this Market has been a tourist attraction for many years, as it is convenient and has almost anything.

Entrance to Sandakan Central Market
Entrance to the Market

Family travel groups also come here to purchase food supply. The stalls of Sandakan Central Market open from 3am onwards and is the most active in the morning.

Ground floor of Sandakan Central Market
Ground floor of Sandakan Central Market

Ground Floor

In ground floor are hundreds of neatly and well organized vegetables and fruits stalls. You can find many other Sabah food for sale here too.

Fruits and Vegetables stalls
Fruits and Vegetables stalls
vegetable and fruit stalls of Sandakan Central Market
The market is a busy place in the morning
Salted seafood for sale
Salted seafood for sale
Amplang fish cracker
Amplang fish cracker
Tarap fruit
Tarap fruit

The fish market is concentrated at the end of the market. Sandakan Central Market is one of the most important seafood landing ports of Sabah. There are variety of seafood such as fishes, crabs, rays, prawns, seashells and squids sold here. The thing that shocks me is sharks are traded openly here.

Fish market in ground floor
Fish market in ground floor
Stingrays for sale
Stingrays for sale
Sandakan Central Market is one of the important port for seafood landing
Sandakan Central Market is one of the important port for seafood landing
Barracuda for sale
Barracuda for sale
Cat wants seafood
Cat wants seafood
Edible seashell
Edible seashell
Tiger Prawns
Tiger Prawns
Stingray with funny face
Stingray with funny duck face
Fresh seafood in fish market
Fresh seafood in fish market
fresh fishes
More fishes
Crabs from the sea
Crabs from the sea
Sharks with fins removed
Sharks with fins removed
Small sharks for sale
Small sharks for sale
Sharks are sold openly in Sandakan Central Market

Sharks are sold openly in Sandakan Central Market

First Floor

On first floor is the food stalls of halal food (for Muslims), and rows after rows of small cubicles selling handicraft, souvenirs, clothing, T-shirts, bags, shoes and other household items. This place is called Hanging Market (Pasar Gantung) because most merchandises are hanged on the wall or air.

Food court on first floor of Sandakan Central Market
Food court on first floor of Sandakan Central Market
Clothing and accessories for sale on first floor
Clothing and accessories for sale on first floor

Tourists can find T-shirts, local crafts and other souvenirs here easily. The sellers would say to you, “Come. I give you discount.” Bull Sh*t. Don’t be afraid to slash 50% of their so-called discounted price.

T-shirt and souvenirs for tourists
T-shirt and souvenirs for tourists
They also call this place hanging market because merchandise are hanged
They also call this place hanging market because merchandise are hanged

Second Floor

On the top floor (second floor) are 30 food stalls mainly run by Chinese. These stalls are simple and have nothing fancy, but many best local food are found here, one of them is Kueh Teow Noodle with Deep-fried Pork.

Food stalls in top floor of Sandakan Central Market
Food stalls in top floor

Sandakan Central Market is located in Old Slipway of Sandakan City Centre (see Location Map), which is also a few minutes walk away from Sandakan Harbour Square, the largest shopping mall of Sandakan.

Photos taken in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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