Colorful Wet Markets Around the Globe Photographed in Vivid Detail

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If members of a family usually gather at the kitchen, perhaps it could be said that people in a town converge at the wet market.  Wet market is term used to distinguish fresh meat and produce markets from Dry Markets which trade goods like clothing items and electronic gadgets. Wet markets by tradition were places that sold live animals out in the open. This would include fish, reptiles, poultry, as well as livestock. Some markets also sell exotic animals once in a while, like deer. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also in abundance in markets.

Saana market in Yemen
Photo Credit: John Lund / Blend / Offset
Saana market in Yemen

Wet markets also almost always have butcher shops selling freshly cut meat. Most wet markets have services that allow a customer to select a live animal that they can take home alive or slaughtered.  For many clienteles, it is significant to see the animal alive before being sold.

Fruit and vegetable market in The Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam
Photo Credit: Joel Collins / Offset
Fruit and vegetable market in The Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam

They want to be assured of its health, quality and freshness. The fresh meat and fish areas are separate in location from the vegetables and fruits stalls. A lot of markets also have stalls that sell flowers, dried goods, and processed and cooked meat. These are typically not features you will find in your modern, air-conditioned supermarkets.

Floating boat market in Thailand
Photo Credit: Kristin Gladney / Offset
Floating boat market in Thailand

So speaking of markets, the Offset Group has put together some of the most colorful, bustling and frequented alleyways of some the world’s most intriguing and interesting markets. While this is not a common activity in first world countries like the United States, market vendors and various ‘mongers’ have peddled their goods for centuries in places like India, Egypt, Europe  and Southeast Asia.

Central fish market in Bergen Norway
Photo Credit: Keenpress / National Geographic / Offset
Central fish market in Bergen Norway

All sorts of treats both domestic and foreign can be scored in these busy markets in an experience that is unique to these places. It is said that to truly sample the culture of a country, visit the wet market. All of the photographs and many more amazing photos from around the world can be enjoyed royalty-free through Offset’s immense collection of professional photography from practitioners of the trade from all over.

Fruit market street seller, downtown Yangon, Myanmar
Photo Credit: Aaron Joel Santos / Offset
Fruit market street seller, downtown Yangon, Myanmar

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I’m talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.