Hayashi Department Store(原林百貨)
Pacific Pines, Australia
Not a place to visit in summerReally stuffy and warm as air condition is not working in the max. They provided fan though. Interesting local products and well presented. A building that needs less that an hour to complete.
Not more than a beautiful boutiqueHayashi Department Store was built in 1932 during the Japanese occupation. It was one of the earliest building in Taiwan equipped with elevator. The building was restored in 2014. Now, it is occupied by stalls selling local food, clothes, souvenirs, and handicrafts. Hayashi Department Store is called "five-storey building". Each level of the building is uniquely decorated. We can see the scenery around the area on the top of the building. The things there were quite expensive, but unique. It worth a short visit anyway.
Shopping mall selling mostly modern cultural items.The 1st level is selling snacks and food for souvenirs and the rest of the levels, 2nd to 4th are mostly stalls that selling bags, clothing, fancy soaps, etc. There is only 1 lift which directly brings you to Level 5 where the shrine situated at and a cafe beside it. While there is no lift to access the rest of the levels. Spent at least 20 mins to walk around the building and that's it.
Nice place to see history and shoppingThe first elevator in town is interesting to experience. The building looks nice during night time with illumination. Going to the top of the building have a Japanese temple also can see the city view plus the mark after the war. Except of those, they also selling nice souvenir inside. And the ice cream store on the first floor corner is nice. Great place for shop with history experiences.
A quaint experienceVisiting this store was a lovely experience. The ambience is appealing with a wide variety of merchandise. There are great views from the top floor and a coffee shop. Some of the gifts are hand made. It is a little expensive but I loved our visit.
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