Redevelopment of the old: Wo Cheong Pawn Shop

Happy New Year! It’s happy to meet people from different parts of the world here in wordpress. I mainly share my piano teaching and learning experience in this blog. Now in new year let’s try something new here. Let me take this chance to introduce Hong Kong to you.

I like history. I work as piano teacher and my daily job comes with many antique music works ( you know many famous composers have passed away many decades ago! :P), reading autographs and manuscript. Besides music I am also interested in other antique stuff.

You may think Hong Kong is cosmopolitan with lots of modern architecture but there are still places with mixture of old and new harmoniously.

Last week I went to Wan Chai and find the building Wo Cheong Pawn Shop (和昌大押). Pawn Shop is a kind of business that provide people loans with people’s personal properties as collateral. Pawn Shops were common in old Hong Kong. And at that time Hong Kongers were not rich so some of them may even use blankets as collateral to get the loans. As Hong Kong develops people get richer and this type of Pawn Shops greatly reduce.

From Wiki, Wo Cheong Pawn Shop was built around 1888-1900s. It has 4 floors with balcony. It is great that in 2007 Urban Renewal Authoriy decided to redevelop Wo Cheong Pawn Shop. Now the Pawn Shop turns into a western resturant and some shops.  The original Wo Cheong Pawn Shop company moves to a shop in a nearby street and continues their business.

 

Wo Cheong Pawn Shop--main entry

main entry of Wo Cheong Pawn Shop

 

Wo Cheong Pawn Shop

old Pawn Shop adjacent to modern apartment

 

 

 

Wo Cheong Pawn Shop--side view

side view of Wo Cheong Pawn Shop. You can see the red logo of Pawn Shop company on the wall. This is the universal logo for all Pawn Shops, with Chinese characters show their company names.

 

In the turn of year, I just wonder if I may try this kind of redevelopment in classical music?

 

 

 

 

 

May music stay with you throughout this year!

 

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