Heritage Exhibition of a Traditional Pawnshop Business
What is now the Heritage Exhibition of a Traditional Pawnshop Business was once an actual pawn shop known as “Tak Seng On” (The Virtue and Success Pawnshop). Tak Seng On was first established and constructed in 1917 and belonged to Mr. Kou Ho Ning, a wealthy Macau merchant. The shop was finally closed down in 1993 due to the decline in the pawnshop industry of Macau. In 2000, the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture restored the original shop building to its initial design and opened it to the public as a museum on March 21st 2003.
Today this kind of pawn shop has been relegated to the annals of history, but by visiting this now reconstructed and preserved building, locals and tourists can get a glimpse into the life of a pawn business in Macau at the height of the industry.
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