- Western Market is also a former name for Plaza Miserere.
Western Market, Connaught Road Central facade
|Former names||Sheung Wan Market|
|Architectural style||Queen Anne Revival style|
|Address||323 Des Voeux Road Central|
|Opened||1858 (South Block)|
1906 (North Block)
|Demolished||1981 (South Block)|
|Landlord||Urban Renewal Authority|
|Sheung Wan Market|
Western Market (Chinese: 西港城) is one of the oldest structures in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The current structure was the North Block of the original Western Market. It is the oldest surviving market building in the city. The former South Block was demolished in 1981 and its site is now occupied by the Sheung Wan Complex.
Western Market is located at 323 Des Voeux Road Central. The market occupies a whole city block and is surrounded by the following streets: Des Voeux Road Central (South), Morrison Street (East), Connaught Road Central (North) and On Tai Street (West).
Sheung Wan Complex, now called the Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, the site of the former South Block, is located at 345 Queen's Road Central. It is surrounded by: Queen's Road Central (South), Morrison Street (East) and Bonham Strand (North).
Western Market came into business in September 1844. Western Market later consisted of two separate blocks: South Block (demolished) and North Block (the current "Western Market").
The South Block at Queen's Road Central was built in 1858. Vendors were evicted and moved to the Hollywood Road Temporary Market in August 1980. The Victorian period South Block was demolished thereafter and replaced by the Urban Council Sheung Wan Complex, opened in 1988. The Edwardian period North Block and the Hollywood Road Temporary Market were closed at this time and vendors were relocated to the new complex.
The North Block, smaller and more compact in design, was preserved and renovated by Land Development Corporation. This building, of the Queen Anne Revival style of the Edwardian period, was built in 1906 as an extension of the then existing Western Market. It was the former site of Harbour Office that had been moved to a reclamation area in Central District for a larger space to cope with its increasing workload. The old building of the Harbour Office was pulled down to build the North Block of Western Market.
It operated as a food market until 1988. The building was damaged during the construction of Sheung Wan Station, and remediation works were undertaken afterward. Half the site was rezoned to facilitate a proposed widening of Morrison Street, which would have necessitated the building's demolition. In 1990, it was declared a historical monument and the renovated market building re-opened as "the Western Market" in 1991. Further refurnishment work was conducted in 2003.
The four-storey building is in Queen Anne Revival style that was popular in the British Empire during the late Victorian and early Edwardian periods. The brickwork on the four corner towers is "bandaged", giving a polychromatic effect. It was blue, but was later painted red to suit the architectural style.
Current tenants include:
On the first floor there is a wide range of fabric merchants and cafés. The top floor is a restaurant with dancing and live music and a banquet hall used for weddings. On the flyover next to Western Market are a few old pictures with explanations from times long gone.
A wedding ceremony held in Western Market
- Urban Renewal Authority: Western Market
- Central and Western Heritage Trail: Western Market (South Block)
- Declared Monuments in Hong Kong: Western Market
- "Proposed Creation of Posts for the Market and Cooked Food Centre at UC Sheung Wan Complex and the Deletion of Posts for the Hollywood Road Market and the Western Market (North Block)". Urban Council. 1 May 1988. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
- Central and Western Heritage Trail: Western Market (North Block)
- "Memorandum for Members of the Land Use Sub-committee and the Capital Works Select Committee: Retention of the Old Western Market (North Block)". Urban Council. 15 November 1988. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
- DeWolf, Christopher "9 Hong Kong tourist traps – for better or worse" CNN. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2012
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