39 King’s Road, Hong Kong
I haven’t done much on shophouses for a while, but here is one I have been passing a lot recently since I have been a more frequent visitor to this part of HK Island. What makes this one a bit peculiar is not only the circular style of the front columns but something less obvious: its age.Unlike most of the shophouses I see (which tend to be of a fairly decent vintage, usually pre-war or slightly post-war) this one – according to the Home Affairs Dept building lists – is as recently built as 1976!
That may explain the slightly different feel to the place – cylindrical columns and the wider-than-usual girth – perhaps it was built in the style of surrounding buildings before they all got torn down? Well, regardless of the reason I say it’s a good effort and a great shame we don’t see more buildings like this (yeah, I know, I’m sounding like a stuck record).
Anyhoo, here are a couple of shots – quality not that great because they were snapped from the top deck of a tram as I enjoyed a nice Thursday afternoon ride on it with my youngest.