A former Sogo Department Store in Zhongli

An abandoned department store by the riverside in Zhongli.

Sogo1 is one of the more recognizable department store chains in northern . There are less than ten locations nationwide—and one of them is right here in , where it acts as an anchor for modern high-rises and other new developments at the north end of town. It hasn’t always been in this part of town, however.

Move deeper into the city and you’ll find a massive building with an empty facade, traces of the old Sogo signboard still visible. The old Sogo was located in a much seedier part of town—in fact, it’s pretty much right in the middle of one of Zhongli’s main red light districts. Cross the street and you will find a strip of shady KTVs and massage parlours—as well as a historic abandoned movie theater, the subject of a future post.

  1. Sogo is a Japanese brand but it is operated here in Taiwan under the aegis of Pacific Sogo

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