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Western Market: A Relic from the British Colonial Era in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, you can still find well-preserved buildings from the past British colonial era, some of which are still in everyday use.

In the Sheung Wan area of Hong Kong, you can come across red-brick buildings from the British colonial period, one of which is currently in use under the name of Western Market.

“Originally a Grocer from the 1900s, Now Western Market”

When Western Market first opened its doors in the early 1900s, it operated as a two-block grocery store. After undergoing renovations in 1991, it was reopened under its current name, Western Market.

Considering the building’s history spans over a century, we can still appreciate the architecture of the British colonial era. The atmosphere of the building carries historical significance with its colonial-style design.

“A Space Resembling a Small Shopping Mall”

The concept of Western Market is similar to that of a shopping mall. However, due to its historical nature, it is relatively small in scale. As a result, not many shops are housed within.

On the first floor, you’ll mainly find various general stores, souvenir shops, and restaurants. On the second floor, you can explore stores that deal with fabrics and textiles. The third floor used to operate as a banquet hall, and it was a bit puzzling as it was directly connected to the banquet hall when you took the escalator up. However, after a friendly staff member came to assist, I was able to exit promptly.

“Preserving the Old Charm in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong”

Western Market, owing to its long history, preserves the old charm of its era. It holds historical significance as a place where you can still witness the British colonial era in Hong Kong.

“Sheung Wan, Western Market”

  • Address: Hong Kong, Sheung Wan, Des Voeux Rd Central, 323號HK 香港島
  • Phone: +852 6029 2675
  • Website: https://www.westernmarket.com.hk
  • Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM