Lorong Kulit is a flea market. A
market, usually held outdoors, where antiques, used household goods,
and curios are sold. The Lorong Kulit flea market had its
humble beginnings in late 1992 when the municipal council cleared
out the secondhand goods dealers from Rope Walk, located off Penang
Road in the town centre, where they had been trading by the roadside
since the 1970s.
Penang's flea market at Lorong Kulit has gained quite a hiphop
reputation among Malaysians and tourists alike. Formerly at Rope
Walk it is for now next to City Stadium. Electric stuff, watches,
shoes, second-hand goods, antique, well, try a good bargain.
Dealers show their goods on a carpet on the street or at stalls.
Lorong Kulit did have a reputation of being a thieves'
For the record,
there occasionally are stolen goods in Lorong Kulit,
but they look no different from other used goods on sale.
Case in point:
those who lost their shoes after a visit at the mosques
might be surprised to come across their pair on the flea
market of Lorong Kulit.
It maybe a true Thieves Market once,
but today you may also acquire the goods
in a legal way.
It is just fun to try and find you some
bric-a-brac or excellent finds.
The flea market is open
from 8am to 2pm every day, except when it rains. Sunday is
the best day to go, because there are more stalls. But.....
it's also very busy.
You can browse for krises, old irons, old stamps, coins and
notes, baba and nonya baskets, plates and spoons, porcelain,
old watches, clocks, swords, Buddha statues.
Here, you can find
stuff from electrical goods, clothes, textiles and food to
second-hand items collected from all over the island. Some
of these have turned out to be real treasures, according to
several collectors who have been lucky with their finds as
you only pay a fraction of what you’d otherwise pay in an
The market, right opposite the main entrance
of the Stadium Bandaraya Pulau Pinang,
next to a food court and some fruit stalls.
You can reach Lorong by
bus nr 201 from Weld Quay or Komtar.
Another option is going by taxi.