Looks like any other ordinary street in Hong Kong from the outside, the Tai Yuen Street is definitely a place for all ages. Listed in the discoverhongkong.com and many other travel websites, I decided to make a trip down and share with my readers in my blog about this tourist attraction. So, what is Tai Yuen Street all about? Toys.
Shopping for toys in Tai Yuen Street is a totally different experience compared to many popular toy stores in Singapore. With all the shops internally cramped up with toys, shopping in these shops is like a “one-way one-lane” traffic, which the U-turn is only at the inner end of the shops. As the size of the shops are small, not all the toys are able to be placed on the racking shelves. There are toys which are hung onto hooks attached to the ceilings, while others are placed in large opened carton boxes.
Despite the messed up toy stores inside, many of the toys displayed could be gems to toy collectors around the world. There are many classic toys which could have kept for ages, limited edition toys, collectors’ edition toys as well as toys sold in today’s major toy stores. During my visit, I happened to see my favorite Japanese Tomica toy car series, which most of the models are not found in Singapore. Talking about Lego series, be amazed that some series which are sold out in Singapore could be found here in Tai Yuen Street.
Although many toys are made in China today, you should check out the toys which are made in Japan. Excellent quality I would say.
If you are going to look for some toys for yourself and loved ones, do add this toy street in your travel itinerary. Take the MTR to Wan Chai and exit on A3. In an overview, there are less than eight shops in this attraction. Have fun exploring the toys as you might end up spending three to four hours there.
Address of my visit
Tai Yuen Street 灣仔太原街
Hong Kong Island, Wan Chai