|Western Market courtesy of Wikipedia|
Connaught Road was once a waterfront promenade with boats docked against the northern side of the road, which is why originally rice wholesalers gathered there owing to its proximity to the shore. Due to reclamation of the harbour, the whole of Connaught Road has now become landlocked.
Western Market is one of the oldest structures in the area and is the oldest surviving market building in the city. It operated as a food market until 1988. In 1990, it was declared a historical monument and the renovated market building re-opened as "the Western Market" in 1991. It is now home to a wide range of traders including a restaurant on the top floor.
We did not visit the market interior on our most recent trip but we did take a few photos of local traders when we were walking through the district en route to take the tram to Kennedy Town, as part of our mission to have ridden the entire length of the Hong Kong Tram Line. Both of these will be subjects of a future post, today I will share my photos from our walk along Connaught Road.
All photos are my own taken in October 2011.
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