Guang Hua Digital Plaza doing stellar business
Central News Agency
2010-04-26 08:51 PM
Taipei, April 26 (CNA) The Guang Hua Digital Plaza, one of Taiwan's most famous technological and electronic goods malls, has come a long way since its original incarnation as a grubby and dank market, and now attracts more than 15,000 customers on weekdays and around 23,000 on weekends.

The original Guang Hua market, which was a crowded warren of tiny aisles established in 1973 under the Guang Hua Bridge, formerly specialized in used books, athletic products and to a far lesser extent in computer hardware.

When the bridge was demolished as part of a road-widening project, the market moved to its present location, a purpose-built building at the corner of Jinshan North Road and Civic Boulevard.

The cluster effect of sellers has made the plaza a Mecca for 3C electronics customers and ensures that the merchandise remains competitive in terms of price and quality, market analysts said.

Lin Wen-wei, owner of De Tzung Computers in the plaza, applauded the city government's relocation of the market.

To make sure the plaza and the surrounding district continues to provide 3C goods, the Taipei city government is launching the second phase of a BOT project to develop the plot of land immediately to the west of the plaza into a digital theme park and an animation merchandise mall.

(By Hsin-Yin Lee)

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