Hosted by Lion Communications Inc. and the Korea Daily, Summer Night Market in Richmond launched its grand opening ceremony last Saturday with various cultural performances, hoping to bring an exciting summer to guests from the Pacific Northwest once again.

Hosted by Lion Communications Inc. and the Korea Daily, Summer Night Market in Richmond launched its grand opening ceremony last Saturday with various cultural performances, hoping to bring an exciting summer to guests from the Pacific Northwest once again.

Hundreds of guests helped kicking off the festival despite the bad weather. The opening night was filled with joy and laughers, where everyone enjoyed each spectacular performance, including orchestra, lion dance, and Korean traditional music performances.

“Pouring rain does not dampen our enthusiasm,” said Soyoung Kim, president of Korea Daily. “We also hope by collaborating with the Chinese community, Korean culture can be promoted in Richmond and Vancouver area.”

Summer Night Market continues to light up the riverside by Vulcan Way year after year. Drawing over 20,000 guests per day, the night market was so successful that nearly 200 vendors have signed up for this year.

However, some vendors believe the new night market next to River Rock Casino has attracted many Summer Night Market regulars.

“I think there is no room for another night market in the same area. This could affect revenue and profitability.” said Joanne Chu, a veteran vendor who participated in the Summer Night Market for 5 years.

In response to the close rivalry, Paul Cheung, owner of Lion Communications Inc., continues to improve the night market experience and is not worried about the increased competition.

“We are ready to take up any challenges from the new night market,” said Cheung.  “Our night market provides sufficient parking spots for all visitors and that’s an advantage for all of us, since we can spend more time to enjoy the festival instead of hunting for a parking spot.”

Summer Night Market provides tasty food, cool gadgets, cheap trinkets, and nightly entertainment. For those who want to experience Asian-themed festivities should not miss out on this event.

From now to Sept. 11, the Summer Night Market will be opened every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight and on Sunday and holidays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information, visit summernightmarket.com.

For more pictures, visit our Facebook album.

 

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