On 29th September 2013 at Thalang Road in Phuket Town, Phuket Governor – Maitree Intusut presided over the opening of Lard Yai Walking Street. Also in attendance were Phuket City Mayor – Somjai Suwansupana, President of Phuket Red Cross – Pawinee Intusut and Director of Sports Authority of Thailand Phuket Office – Wirat Patee.
Lard Yai, which in Chinese means Big Market Street, or the Phuket Sunday Walking Street Market aims to promote and preserve the architecture and buildings of Old Town Phuket and also keep the culture and way of life of the people alive. The market is designed to show the different and unique composition of the area and will showcase elements of the wide variety of races and religions, including India, Pakistan and China, Buddhism and Muslim.
The market is separated into four different zones – food, souvenir, handcrafts and ‘show’ sections. Contemporary and traditional food will play a huge part in the festival featuring items from the various races and religions.