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    1. The History
    Central Market was a fresh food market in Central, Hong Kong. Located between Jubilee Street, Queen Victoria Street, Queen's Road Central and Des Voeux Road Central, it was the first wet market in Hong Kong. Previously located on Queen's Road Central, in the 1850s, it was moved to its current location on Des Voeux Road. The market was rebuilt in 1858, completely replaced with a Western marble structure in 1895 (pictured below).

    Old_Central_Market_of_1895 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    It was then demolished again in 1937 and replaced with the current Bauhaus structure of four storeys of reinforced concrete, containing 200 booths inside. Costing HK$900,000, construction was completed in 1938, with the market re-opening the following year. It was the biggest meat market in South-East Asia. In 1994, the western part of its second floor was converted into the Central Escalator Link Alley Shopping Arcade, an access way between the Central Elevated Walkway and Central to Mid-levels escalators. The market finally closed its doors in March 2003 and has remained empty ever since. Central Market is listed as a Grade III historic building.



    2. The Explore
    Having previously seen the superb report on the place by HK Urbex thought I’d pay this place a visit. Sadly having circled the building twice it was apparent that the only potential way in (slipping under a corrugated sheet on the front) was probably a no-go in full sight of the very busy down-town HK (see picture No.13 - the traffic cone marks the spot!). So alas, it’s externals-only here with only the slightest peeks inside. Hat’s off to Ghost @HK Urbex though. His pictures can be seen HERE for a detailed look inside and what could have been.

    3. The Pictures

    img1525 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    Last edited by HughieD; 30th Aug 17 at 22:01.

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    Nicely recorded. I prefer the original building than the Bauhaus type.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgan View Post
    Nicely recorded. I prefer the original building than the Bauhaus type.
    Me too...much more style about it. Alot of nice buildings like this got demo'ed in HK around the start of the 1900s sadly. Funny how architectural tastes change over time.

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