The 8 buildings opened in 1961 and closed in 1992. The 30 years in between provided a place to shop for tourists and citizens alike. A place to live for the shop owners was also part of the contract.
Eventually, lack of parking and the construction of more modern shopping centers nearby spelled the end for The Chung Hua Market.
Any ride down to the bazaar always took us by the train station.
This photo shows most of The Row. It must have been taken shortly before it opened.
Left of the first building at the top of the picture is the American Embassy.
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|Photo by Steve Callis; courtesy of Linkounavy.com|
On a hazy day, this picture still looks great. The cab driver probably pulled over to the right curb. The camera angle and the view toward Shimending are excellent.
Today, the North Gate stands here. However, it has been relocated to the north and east where it stands next to an overhead expressway.
Kent Mathieu was walking toward the train station when he came upon the site of the old traffic circle location. To see it and its present resting place, click HERE.
Kent's walking tours can be found at YouTube under hawaiikent.
Taken from the pedestrian bridge at the Shimending entrance, this photo is looking back north toward the first building of The Row.
Taken from the same bridge, this picture shows the east side of Chung Hua Road, including the First Department Store (First Company Limited).
This wall is all that remains of the Chung Hua Market.
Today, you can see the train station in the upper right. Chung Hua Road is shown as Highway 3. Road 104 is the Shimending entrance.
The little green dots to the left of the road are tops of trees planted on the Haggler's Row building sites.