This preserved pawnshop opened in 1917 as the Tak Seng On Pawnshop, an auspicious name that translates as "The Virtue and Success Pawnshop." Similar to pawnshops in China with its architectural details and interior design, it sports a privacy screen at its entrance to protect the identity of customers from passersby, while a tower behind the front room is constructed with thick walls to protect held possessions from the ravages of fire, flood, and thieves. Serving a different function from pawnshops in the West, Chinese pawnshops were essentially moneylenders, holding acquired possessions against loans for as long as three years. You can see the front room and tower in less than 10 minutes, so be sure to browse the adjoining Cultural Club's souvenirs, antiques, and third-floor tearoom.
Tak Seng On Pawnshop Museum
Clube Cultural, 396 Av. Almeida Ribeiro
Our Rating Neighborhood Located on Macau’s main street between Senado Square and the Inner Harbour Hours Daily 10:30am–7pm (closed 1st Mon each month) Transportation Bus: 2, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 7, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 21A, 26A, or 33 Phone 853/2892-1811 Prices MOP$5
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