Taipei, Dec. 7 (CNA) The Shilin Night Market, a major tourist attraction in Taipei, will get a new lease on life soon, as vendors are scheduled to move back to the renovated century-old original site next week and begin business Dec. 25.
The renovation of the original market site in front of Cicheng Temple in the Shilin district in western Taipei was completed in September and all the tests and interior decorations will be finished before Dec. 13, Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Hsiung-wen said Wednesday.
After consulting with the Shilin market association, the city government has decided to open the renovated market on Dec. 25, a "lucky day" on the Chinese Lunar calendar, said Chen, who is in charge of industrial development in the city.
"It's a weekend and Christmas -- perfect for a festive opening," he said.
In preparation, the vendors who have been operating temporarily on Jihe Road will start moving back to the refurbished building Dec. 15 in batches and a test run will be carried out between Dec. 15 and 24, he said.
The temporary market site on Jihe Road will be converted into an arts center, the city government said.
The Shilin market, inaugurated in 1913, has been designated as historic monument by the city government.
Plans for its renovation began in 1999 and work began in 2006 after the vendors were relocated to a temporary building on Jihe Road.
(By Johnson Sun and Elizabeth Hsu)