Somewhat Offbeat Attractions - Western Market Hong Kong

Probbly the ugliest of our old colonial buildings, easy to get to by tram but honestly not a lot going on inside unless you want to buy fabrics

 Worth the effort if you are looking for fabrics

Worth the effort if you are looking for fabrics

Western Market is not my cup of tea at all and it really is offbeat as unless you have an interest in buying fabrics it is quite frankly a complete and utter waste of time.. I often wonder how people can come up with such stupid ideas.

Western Market reminds me of another stupid idea that involved putting around 50+ antique shops next to each other on Hollywood Road and calling it "Antique Street". This has been a bit of a disaster with a lot of shops closing down... the link is simple, someone decided that one whole floor of Western Market be devoted to fabric suppliers, this might work if the rest of the place was interesting but it isn't so hardly anyone visits. 

The 3rd floor of the building is given over to a Wedding Banquet facility which is of no interest to anyone really unless you have the poor taste to have your wedding banquet there.

If you like old colonial buildings then it is interesting and has a lively history, I just think that they could have done so much better with this building and another positive point is that there is no Chow Tai Fook Jewellery shop inside and very few Mainland Chinese Tourists so it never feels crowded.

Anyway, make your own mind up and take your camera for those exterior shots.

 Not the best first impression

Not the best first impression

 Not much better from the side

Not much better from the side

 I am not even sure what the add on bits are in front of the entrance, looks like a ventilation system!

I am not even sure what the add on bits are in front of the entrance, looks like a ventilation system!

 All a bit fake

All a bit fake

 Running out of things to say

Running out of things to say

 10 visitors makes it's seem busy

10 visitors makes it's seem busy

 At least there is no Chow Tai Fook in Western Market

At least there is no Chow Tai Fook in Western Market

 The scale model looks like it was made by 5 year old primary school kids

The scale model looks like it was made by 5 year old primary school kids

 Oh dear, oh dear

Oh dear, oh dear

 Time to head upstairs to the fabric shops

Time to head upstairs to the fabric shops

 If you love fabric then this is the place

If you love fabric then this is the place

 It can be a bit overwhelming mind

It can be a bit overwhelming mind

 The shop guys can be a bit aggressive

The shop guys can be a bit aggressive

 oh... the floor above the fabric shops is a wedding venue, again, a waste of time.. at least this is a nice sign

oh... the floor above the fabric shops is a wedding venue, again, a waste of time.. at least this is a nice sign


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Posted on July 19, 2013 and filed under Offbeat attractions.