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Western Market - An Impressive Old Building in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Western Market - Sheung Wan, Hong KongThe Western Market is an old building housing a shopping complex in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Built in 1906, it is the oldest surviving market building in the city. It was declared a historical monument by the Hong Kong government in 1990.

The four-storey building is in Edwardian-style, featuring red brick walls and an impressive granite arch in the main entrance. There are also four corner towers with "bandaged" brickwork.

The building was originally a fresh produce market until 1988. It is actually a north block extension of a larger market complex that was in operation from the 19th century.

In 1991, the Western Market underwent renovation and reopened as a shopping centre selling traditional Chinese handicrafts, souvenirs and fabrics. There are also a bakery, Chinese dessert shop and caffes. A Chinese restaurant is located on the top floor as well as a banquet hall used for weddings and other events. Further restorative work was done in 2003.

Western Market is located at 323 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island. It is open from 10am to 5pm daily with no admission charge. To get there, take MTR to Sheung Wan Station, get out of Exit B or C.

Other popular tourist attractions nearby include Causeway Bay, Happy Valley and Wanchai by a traditional double decker tram.

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