Olympic stadium hosts First Flea Market in Cambodia

Feb. 16, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

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Sun Fair Market is set to be the first flea market in Cambodia, with a huge range of consumer goods and materials, kitchen and office equipment, antiques, artifacts and all sorts of other bits and pieces for sale. Sun Fair Market will be launched in early August, this year, and will be open to the public from 8am to 12 noon inside Olympic Stadium, Sangkat Olympic. According an interview with CTN, Mr. Kem Oeun, founder and director of the Cambodia Japan Cooperation Center and the President of the Association of Trade and Investment Cambodia – Japan, said that “Sun Fair Market will be full of used and secondhand goods. By sharing and selling these home goods these can then be reused. It is a common thing in other countries, but it is the first ever in the Kingdom.” Kem continues, “The location for our sales are very good, inside Olympic stadium, and the selling will start from 8 am to 12 pm every Sunday. We hope each market day will bring big crowds to Olympic stadium.” He added that, “this is the Japanese culture concept called ‘Mottaina’ - passing on things which we no longer use or do not need to others who need them, and saving the environmental damage of just throwing the used things away.” Ms. So Chanleakhena, fresh-graduate from Korea and currently working in private company in Phnom Penh, “Yes, I’m extremely excited about this project. For one thing, Sun Fair Flea Market is a way to get rid of things I am not using in a really useful way, either financially or emotionally - and by emotionally I mean, giving them to people in need. My house and room will undoubtedly become more spacious and tidy.” “‘Kill two birds with one stone’ is a suitable expression for this, I guess. Also, this can be seen as a chance for Khmer people to start socializing, understanding and helping each other. I’m pretty sure that the project could evoke our beautiful and priceless ‘culture of helping’, which we used to possess.” Sun Sinett, designer and private company staff in Phnom Penh, agreed with this concept: “When you buy from the fair flea market you’re not helping the big business to get richer and bigger.” “Instead,” continued Sun, “You’re helping your community and saving the world’s resources by recycling! It could be a gathering that you can enjoy networking with neighbors and friends.”

According to the Facebook page of Sun Fair market, the profits derived from operations will be distributed to Olympic stadium, 25%, Foundation Leng, 25%, 5% to the Kantha Bopha Hospital and 5% for the Sunrise Japanese Hospital. The remaining 40% will be given to operating personnel.

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