Medan Niaga Satok (Satok Market)

Medan Niaga Satok (Popularly known as Satok Market or Kubah Ria among locals) is the biggest wet market in Kuching City by land size area.  It is located beside the Sarawak river, nearby the Satok Suspension bridge.

The market sits on a12.25 acre of land which includes the wet market, a retail area and a FAMA headquarters.  The market was built to replace the old Satok Market which was located in across river in Satok.

Satok Market
Satok market from the front. Photo: Cyril Dason

Thanks to the wide variety of jungle procude as well as fresh food items, the market is very popular among locals. During weekends, the market is home to the popular Satok Sunday Market.

In the past 10 years, the market has been renovated countless times to ensure it is suitable for both shoppers and sellers.

Medan Niaga Satok was officially opened on 1 January 2013.

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What to expect at Medan Niaga Satok

If you want to see local jungle produce, this is the best place to check it out.  In the market, locals sell fresh jungle produce at cheap prices with the variety limitless.

As mentioned above, the first building of the market is where jungle produce as well as the famous Sarawak layered cake is sold.  Prices range from RM1 to RM3 per item here.

Jungle produce on sale. Photo Cyril Dason

The Sarawak layered cake is sold at the back of the first building. There’s one stretch selling the cakes as well as other locally made cakes like Kuih Lidah Buaya and so forth. Along the first building are souvenir kiosk.

Stall selling Sarawak layered cakes. Photo: Cyril Dason

The second building houses a small atrium which is used to showcase products. Around it is small shops selling souvenirs and offering services like hair cutting and massages.

Souvenirs sold at the centre of the market. Photo: Cyril Dason
The atrium at the centre of Satok Market. Photo: Cyril Dason

If you walk until the end of the complex, the third building is where sundry stalls and the fish and meat market is located.

Here, fresh fish and meat are sold and you will be spoiled of choices if you want to buy them.

Ikan Terubok, a famous fish sold at Satok Market. Photo: Cyril Dason
Sundry shops opposite the fish section. Photo: Cyril Dason

In 2022, renovation works saw the market layout change to become more spacious and bright.

The renovation works involved the fish market and the jungle produce market.

Photos after renovation were completed can be seen below.

Place to buy Ikan Terubok Masin

The market is also known as a major place to buy Ikan Terobuk Masin (Salted Terubok fish) which is very popular among West Malaysians.

Sold in the fish market section, there’s no less than 6 seller doing ikan terubok business here with almost all offering to pack the fish securely so that it can be easily carried on flights as cargo.

Alternatively, you can also buy this fish online.

Tips before going to Satok Market

There isn’t much preparations needed if you plan to go to the market.  However, as a local, here’s my tips if you intend to go.

  • You can either take a ride hailing service (Like GRAB), walk, or a registered tour with KLOOK to go to the Market
  • Wear a comfortable clothing. The market isn’t hot, but on a hot day, you can still feel it.
  • Bring small notes of cash. Credit cards are not accepted. ATM machines are available.
  • Pack light
  • Ask permission before taking photos

Operating hours of Satok Market

The market opens as early as 5.30AM in the morning until late evening.

Usually by 6:30PM, most stalls are closed.

How to go to Satok market

This market is a few minutes drive from Kuching City Centre.

It is located just beside the Satok Suspension Bridge and the unique shape of the roof makes it

The map below will help guide you the Medan Niaga Satok.

Hotels near Satok Market

The market is within Kuching City.  However, there’s no hotels nearby the venue despite its popularity.

The closest hotel will be some 20 -30 minutes by foot, and that’s still quite far.

That said, I would recommend my listing of hotels in Kuching to know the best rates and hotels you can choose from.

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Cyril Dason

Cyril Dason was born and currently lives in Kuching. He loves jungle trekking, clean rivers and chilling out with friends.

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