Singapore's oldest flea market, also known as the Thieves Market, first emerged in the 1930s.
According to Singapore Infopedia, the National Library Board's electronic encyclopaedia, the place gained its name because most of the goods sold there were acquired illegally.
The name also had a double meaning as the items bought there were considered a great steal.
Probably because of the variety of goods, the market was colloquially referred to as "Robinson petang" - meaning "evening Robinson" in Malay - a cheeky reference to the Robinsons department store, except this market catered to the poor.
Initially, the market was fuelled by the presence of the British military bases in Singapore. Army surplus goods were sold there, including parachutes, raincoats, knapsacks, billycans and boots.
Soon, electrical appliances - either stolen, smuggled or factory rejects - appeared.
Porcelain pottery, brassware, trinkets and many other products also appeared.
In its heyday, vendors displayed their goods on mats by the roadside, calling out to potential customers. Haggling was common.
In the 1960s and 1970s, the market became popular with Malaysians for its affordable prices and the possibility of bulk purchases.
From the 1980s, the market started its decline.
In August 1982, a portion of it was disbanded. In the 1990s, there were newspaper reports of illegal hawkers peddling their wares on roads where this was not allowed.
In 2008, pirated DVDs - even pornography - were reportedly being sold there. A year later, Member of Parliament Denise Phua described it as a "slum".
In 2014, it was reported that the market would have to make way for an MRT station, due to open next year.
According to the National Heritage Board's online heritage portal roots.sg, advance notice will be given before the site's closure.