Upgrading Memory Lane


ipoh flea marketA plan to upgrade the popular Sunday morning flea market known as Memory Lane called for an on-site working visit by Dato’ Hamidah Osman, Executive Councillor for Tourism recently. Memory Lane, the largest flea market in Perak, occupies the whole stretch of Jalan Horley and Jalan Lim Bo Seng. Over four hundred traders operate on the site every Sunday from 5am to noon. It is an up-and-coming tourism product, as visitors are attracted to the many varieties of goods, both new and used, sold here. It attracts an estimated ten thousand visitors every Sunday. According to Hamidah, Memory Lane is not well-presented. The authorities plan to sponsor each legal trader with a canopy and rearrange them according to the goods they sell. This could be done systematically with colour-coded canopies, measuring ten feet by ten feet. Besides enhancing the visual appeal of Memory Lane, enforcement by the city council would also be easier to carry out. This transformation would take two months to implement at a cost of RM200,000.

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