For my second journal entry, I am going to focus on two places in the Fremantle district. The first place is Fremantle Markets. Fremantle Markets is similar to Bugis Street, although it is much smaller than Bugis Street, it is always busy and always crowded with people. Furthermore, there are also buskers performing and a lot of tourist comes to Fremantle Markets.
Based on my observations, Fremantle Markets is culture as a way of life. From an interview I conducted with one of the shop’s owner name Andrea, she said that Fremantle Markets is a good place for the community to hang around. She also said that Fremantle Market is a place where locals can connect and build relationship with one another. Therefore, Fremantle Markets acts as a place for locals to gather and have fun, at the same time, they can do some shopping for grocery and food. Fremantle Markets is also considered culture in a shop window, you can find culture in shops that you visit within the market itself.
Fremantle Markets has instrumental cultural value. Fremantle Market building itself has a very long history. Fremantle Markets first opened in 1897. Therefore, the culture at Fremantle Markets is used as a medium and platform to preserve the place.
Based on my experience at Fremantle Markets, one aspect of national identity that they are promoting is that it has a very vibrant community. Fremantle Markets is filled with energy, and it is a very lively environment to be in. Fremantle Markets uses the strategy of producing the idea of an original and genuine people, I believe that the locals at the markets were just being themselves, the locals ar e genuinely very lively and friendly people, thus, it gives of a feeling that they are a very vibrant community. Fremantle Markets is a very popular tourist spot, tourist would come down to the market and buy souvenirs at Fremantle Market. Tourist would naturally be attracted to come to this place as this is the place where the tourist can experience the vibrant culture of the locals.
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