Ruifeng Night Market (Chinese: 瑞豐夜市; pinyin: Ruìfēng Yèshì) is in the Zuoying District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, located between the Yucheng and Nanping Road (close to the Kaohsiung Municipal Sanmin Home Economics and Commerce Vocational High School), and is nowadays to be considered as the largest and greatest night market in the city.
The night market occupies an area of nearly 3000 square meters with about 20-years history. It used to be presented in disorder by the side street vendors at the beginning. Therefore, it has been developed into a special “L” letter in the spot today in order to centralize the business administration. The night market holds more than thousand stalls with variety, which are mostly food vendors, small eateries also the surrounding businesses of selling non-food items such as accessories or fashion apparel.
Like other night markets in Taiwan, the local vendors begin opening around 5 PM. As students begin returning home from school, crowds reach their peak from 8 to 11 PM, businesses continue operating well past midnight and close around 1 or 2 AM. On top of that, tourist traffic has increased due to the launched of Kaohsiung Metro system in 2008. The night market is close to Kaohsiung Arena Station on the Gangshan to Siaogang Line (Red Line) as it is known by locals. It only takes less than 3 minutes’ walk from the Kaohsiung Arena Station to Ruifeng night market, and the riders will start feeling the crowds once they get off from the MRT station.
Ruifeng night market has around 20-year history. The market was not located at where it is now at first, it was established gradually to the current plaza from the neighbouring street vendors and shops in order to centralize the business. With the influx of customers, many new businesses and food vendors began to establish themselves in the area and the current Ruifeng Night Market was established.
The present location does increase the managerial efficiency and effectiveness. In addition, it also reduces the traffic and time barrier for those who are interested in shop or dine at the market. This night market has thrived progressively since then and has become another favourite Kaohsiung night life option among residents and visitors.