Grading: Grade 1
Established between mid and late 18th century in Yuen Long Old Market, Chun Yuen Pawn House is the oldest pawn shop in Hong Kong. The shop played an important role in the market, where trade was carried out on a regular basis. Merchants or villagers who needed cash to trade borrowed money from the shop by pawning their properties. During the Second World War, Chun Yuen Pawn House had to be closed as the market ceased operation. The shop was once converted into a residential dwelling after the war. For years, the place has been left vacant, with its doors tightly shut.
The exterior of the green brick structure was kept in good repair, featuring a wooden sliding door at the front entrance, and a strong and waterproof foundation constructed with three layers of granite, showing the wealth of the building owner. Next to the pawn house is a two-storey high security storage warehouse built with firearm embrasures. Inside, there was a big iron safe and some wooden shelves for storing pawned items.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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