A Taste of Asia

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ARCADIA, CA– Bringing multi-ethnic food and entertainment to nostalgic immigrants and Los Angeles foodies, the 626 Night Market is a high profile night market located in the San Gabriel Valley. The event celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2016, consisting of more food, merchandise, arts, games, and  music. This past summer, the night market was held on July 1-3, July 22-24, August 5-7, and September 2-4.

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Cindy Nguyen, BPHS Junior, enjoys a bite out of her takoyaki.

The 626 Night Market was first started by Jonny Hwang, a Taiwanese-American who missed his hometown and the bustling nights full of street food in Asia. He was inspired by the popular night markets from Taiwan and wanted to create a local and unique community-cultural event for everyone in Southern California.

Ramen Burgers, Hong Kong-style waffles, Japanese takoyaki, ice cream, lamb skewers, pork sandwiches and slushies in mason jars were only some of the mouth-watering food offered at the largest night market in the United States. Well known Asian Youtubers and artists also visited and performed at the night market stage.

The event happens on certain weekends every summer month. About 70,000 to 100,000 attendees show up each weekend. Since the opening of the original 626 Night Market, several other night markets emerged, including the KTown Night Market, OC Night Market, the Little Saigon Night Market, and the MPK Night Market.

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The night life of the market after sunset.

Free parking was available but visitors had to pay $3 admission at the door (children 6 and under got in for free). This past Labor Day weekend was the last 626 Night Market event of the year.

The 626 Night Market attracted a predominantly Asian audience with a focus on youth. Its popularity is driven by local Asian-Americans who helped hype the event on social media and delivered the news to their family and friends.

“We’ve been able to appeal to people who have not been to Asia, who have not been to a real night market in Asia,” said Alexander Siu, the 626 Night Market spokesman. “They find the energy of the night market exciting. There’s so much going on, and it’s just fun for everybody.”

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